If you are pregnant or wish to conceive in the near future, it is extremely important to get enough Folic Acid. Folic Acid, also known as vitamin B (9) or folate is an essential nutrient that plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps the baby’s neural tube develop into the brain and spinal cord. You can get folic acid through vitamins and dietary sources. Fortified cereals are the best food sources of folic acid. Folate is also found naturally in dark green vegetables and citrus fruits.
Why is Folic Acid essential during pregnancy?
Dietary Sources of Folic Acid
Folic acid is very sensitive to light and temperature, hence it is best to consume it raw and fresh. For example through, fresh salad, freshly cut citrus fruits, unprocessed whole grain cereal products or fortified cereals.
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