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Health Department Focuses on Folic Acid

10 Jan News

The Oneida County Health Department is hoping to raise awareness of an important vitamin as part of a national campaign.

This week is National Folic Acid Awarness Week. Folic Acid is a B vitamin the body uses when regenerating and developing new cells. They say it is an important nutrient for all people and especially critical for women that can become pregnant.

For pregnant women, the body is better prepared for pregnancy and ensures that there are adequate amounts of folic acid for the baby during the very early stages of growth. If a woman becomes pregnant she should continue to take a pre-natal vitamin with 400 mcg folic acid or a folic acid supplement.

To reach the recommended amount , the Health Department recommends eating folic acid rich foods, foods that have been fortified and/or take a supplement (either a multivitamin with folic acid or a single folic acid supplement). Some examples of folic acid rich foods are green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, peas, lentils, seeds and nuts. Foods like cereal and bread are fortified with folic acid. The Nutrition Facts Label found on packaged food is a tool that can be used to see how much folic acid a food product contains.

National Folic Acid Awareness Week runs through January 12.