Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Folic Acid Survey Reveals Startling Statistics

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Folic Acid Survey Reveals Startling Statistics

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PITTSBURGH - Only five percent of women polled were aware of the link between the B vitamin folic acid and the prevention of spina bifida, a disabling birth defect.

This survey comes just over one year after the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) approved a health claim for folic acid. The claim can include information stating that by consuming 0.4 mg. of folic acid each day, women of childbearing age may reduce their risk of having a child affected with a neural tube birth defect, such as spina bifida.

Additionally, the U.S. Public Health Service has recommended that all women of childbearing age consume 0.4 mg. of folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects. Folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin that plays an important role in the formation of our body's DNA, which, in turn, forms the "genetic blueprint" for the structure and function of all the body's cells.

The F.D.A. has approved only two health claims for supplements - folic acid and calcium. The public awareness of calcium's link in helping to prevent osteoporosis is high, but the connection between folic acid and a reduced risk of spina bifida remains virtually unknown. …

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