Why is Folic Acid So Important?

Folate (also known as B9) is now known as a common household recommendation for pregnant women and women trying to conceive to help protect both momma and baby. But do you know why? When a woman's body doesn't have enough folate to support a pregnancy the likelihood of neural tube birth defects go up by about 70%. What is a neural tube birth defect? It is the lack of proper closure of the spinal cord with the most common problem with spinal cord closure being spina bifida. Which can lead to lack of brain development, paralysis, and a multitude of bowel and bladder problems. When a woman doesn't consume enough folate she is at a higher risk for heart disease, her immune system is compromised,

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