Folic acid protects the fetus from malformations

The Federal Nutrition Center in Germany said that folic acid (vitamin B9) is very important for fetal health because it helps with cell division and development, warning that a deficiency of this substance can lead to pathologies in the central nervous system . Of the fetus.

Folic acid works with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells. It is necessary for the production of DNA, which controls tissue growth and cell function. Any pregnant woman should make sure she gets enough folic acid, as low levels are linked to birth defects such as spina bifida.

To avoid this serious risk, the German Center recommends that women who want to have children should supplement their body with folic acid in the form of tablets at the rate of 400 micrograms per day, for a period of at least 4 weeks. Acid stores must be replenished. Before pregnancy till the end of the third month of pregnancy. Pregnancy.

If you start taking folic acid after a positive pregnancy test, a woman should take a higher dose of 800 micrograms daily until the end of the third month of pregnancy.

In addition to potatoes, tomatoes, and eggs, eating foods rich in green leafy vegetables (such as spinach), citrus fruits, legumes, and whole grain products can also supply vitamin B9 to the body.

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