The National Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 4th-10th, 2015) is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of folic acid. Folic acid is a B vitamin that the body uses when regenerating and developing new cells. It is an important nutrient for all people and especially critical for women that can become pregnant.
As have said earlier on Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy from multi-vitamin or fortified foods, folic acid can prevent from 50% up to 70% of some forms of serious birth defects of the brain and spine.
It is recommended that women of childbearing age receive 400 mcg of folic acid daily. By getting the recommended amount of folic acid prior to pregnancy, the body is better prepared for pregnancy and ensures that there are adequate amounts of folic acid for the baby during the very early stages of growth. Adequate folic acid during the first few weeks of pregnancy helps to prevent major birth defects of the brain and spine. When a woman is pregnant she should continue to take a prenatal vitamin with 400 mcg folic acid or a folic acid supplement.
To reach the recommended amount of folic acid daily, eat folic acid rich foods, eat foods that have been fortified with folic acid and/or take a supplement (either a multivitamin with folic acid or a single folic acid supplement). Some examples of folic acid rich foods are green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, peas, lentils, seeds and nuts. Foods like cereal and bread are fortified with folic acid. The Nutrition Facts Label found on packaged food is a tool that can be used to see how much folic acid a food product contains.
Experts recommend that women who could possibly become pregnant should take 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid daily, from: Fortified foods like grains, pastas, or breakfast cereals, daily multi-vitamin and eat a variety of foods as part of a healthy diet. The easiest way to be sure to get the recommended daily amount of folic acid is to take a multivitamin every day.
In the process when an individual had a severe allergy (such as Peanut allergy, or Penicillin Allergy) and he/she wants to take the proper procedure to prevent accidental dosage of the specific allergen, then he/she will need to wear a medical ID bracelet or a specific medical allergy bracelet.