The Benefits of Folic Acid

Boost Your Intake

The March of Dimes, the CDC, and the Institute of Medicine recommend that all women consume at least 400 micrograms of the synthetic form a day, and that pregnant women consume 600 micrograms, either from a prenatal vitamin or multivitamin, or by consuming a fortified breakfast cereal that contains 400 micrograms of folic acid in one bowl.

Foods that are rich in folates include:

  • Fruits and fruit juices
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Bean
  • Chickpeas
  • Lima beans
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Peanuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Wheat germ

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