Dr. Joshua Welch is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of folic acid and its role in preventing birth defects and promoting overall health. This is common knowledge, but learning how effective and beneficial is helpful.
Folic acid is a B vitamin that is essential for proper brain function and plays a key role in mental and emotional health. It is also important for the proper development of the neural tube, which becomes the brain and spine in a developing baby. That is why it is especially important for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to get enough folic acid.
It is estimated that 1 in every 4,600 babies is born with anencephaly, born without the front part of the brain (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebrum). Another neural tube defect is spinal bifida and it is estimated that this occurs in 1 in every 2,758 births.
It is important that all women who are of childbearing age to ensure that have 400mcg of extra folic acid. Important growth of the baby happens very early in pregnancy, before most women know that they are pregnant.
We encourage everyone to learn more about the benefits of folic acid and to make sure they are getting enough of it in their diet. Good sources of folic acid include leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and whole grains and is also available as a dietary supplement.
In addition to its role in pregnancy and brain health, folic acid may also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. It is important for everyone, not just women of childbearing age, to get enough folic acid.
Together, we can promote the health and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones.