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Get Enough Folic Acid

Folic acid can prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain or spine if a woman takes it before and during pregnancy.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FAQs: Folic Acid

Find out what folic acid is, why women should take it, how they can obtain it, and how much they should take before and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Folic Acid: Questions and Answers

The purpose of these questions and answers is to educate women of childbearing age on the importance of consuming 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Cereals That Contain 100 Percent of the Daily Value (DV) of Folic Acid

A single serving of many breakfast cereals has the amount of folic acid that a woman needs each day.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Folate: Fact Sheet for Consumers

Learn about dietary sources of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food and helps produce and maintain cells. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is found in supplements and added to fortified foods.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements - ODS

Folic Acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Folic acid can also help prevent some major birth defects. Learn why everyone needs folic acid.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Test Your Folic Acid IQ

Take this short quiz to test your knowledge and learn more about folic acid.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Council on Folic Acid

Vitamin B12: Fact Sheet for Consumers

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement and a prescription medication. Find out what foods contain B12, and why this vitamin is vital to maintaining good health.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements - ODS

Vitamin B6: Fact Sheet for Consumers

Vitamin B6 is a vitamin that is naturally present in many foods, including poultry, fish and potatoes. Vitamin B6 is also involved in brain development during pregnancy and infancy as well as immune function. Learn more about vitamin B6 and how it affects your health.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements - ODS