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THE LOW-DOWN ON FOLATE

September 2nd, 2013

Folate, also known as folic acid, is an extremely important nutrient. But what exactly is folic acid?

Folate is in the family of B vitamins, and is especially important as part of a healthy pregnancy, as it helps to prevent neural defects.

Folate is vital in supporting red blood cell production while preventing anaemia or low levels of iron. It helps nerves to function properly, supports cell production and helps to prevent dementias such as alzheimers. It even assists in preventing bone fractures related to osteoporosis - so clearly it's an important part of any eating plan.

But while foods such as spinach, asparagus, broccoli, beets and lentils contain folate. Furthermore, all wheat flour in Australia is fortified with folic acid in order to reduce the chance of defects in babies. Even still,most women find it difficult to get enough folate to fulfil their daily needs - let alone once their recommended amount is raised due to pregnancy.

In this case, it's important for women to take daily folate pregnancy supplements to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the baby.

If you have any concerns you can discuss these with a medical professional.



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