Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is vitamin B9. It is essential for human health, especially for the developing fetus. It is important for all women of child-bearing age to get sufficient amounts of folic acid. It can be found in leafy green vegetables, orange juice and whole grains.
Many studies show that women who get 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord) by up to 70%. Since these defects occur during the first 28 days of pregnancy, it’s important for women to be supplementing their diets if they are in their child-bearing years.
Scientists are not completely sure why folic acid has such a profound effect on the prevention of neural tube defects, but they do know this vitamin is crucial in the development of DNA, so folic acid plays a big role in cell growth and tissue formation.
Each Folic Acid Plus contains 400 mcg folic acid, plus vitamin C and bee pollen.
Before pregnancy, a woman should take 400 mcg a day (1 tablet daily with a meal).
During pregnancy, she should take 800 mcg per day (2 tablets daily with a meal).