Folic Acid 400 µg
A food supplement in the form of tablets containing folic acid which contribute to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy and has a role in the process of cell division. Folic acid is a vitamin that is essential for everyone’s health and women need extra during early pregnancy. It is a B vitamin called vitamin B9. Folic acid isn’t stored in the body so you need to take it every day. Taking folic acid tablets can help prevent certain birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, known as neural tube defects (NTDs). Spina bifida is one of the most common NTDs. NTD’S can bring about nerve damage or incomplete brain development in severe cases, causing disabilities. Many of these (up to 70%) could be prevented by taking folic acid. Folic acid works best if you take it before and during early pregnancy. It should be taken at least 3 months before getting pregnant to help reduce the risk of NTDs in the unborn child. If you are already pregnant, start taking folic acid tablets straight away and continue each day up to 3 months into your pregnancy. It’s best to take folic acid as an individual supplement because that ensures you get the right dose of 400 micrograms a day. Some multi-vitamins may contain 400 micrograms of folic acid but they could also contain vitamin A, which is not recommended during pregnancy. Check the label. Folic acid supplements are not expensive and can often cost less than a cent, or pennies, a day.
Recommended use: 1 tablet a day, after a meal, or according to the doctor's recommendation. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet. A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are recommended.
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