What Is Folic Acid Good For?

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Prevention of birth defects with folic acid (folate)


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Does folic acid use help prevent birth defects?

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There is good evidence that you can reduce the risk of certain birth defects (spina bifida , anencephaly, and some heart defects) by taking a daily dose of 400 micrograms folic acid before conception through the first trimester of pregnancy. Therefore, if you would like to become pregnant in the near future, you...

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