While this week may be National Folic Acid
Awareness Week, remember that this vitamin is important all year long. I’m Erin White
with your latest health news. In the second week of January each year, health officials
try to raise awareness about the vitamin’s importance for women of childbearing age.
What is it that makes folic acid so important? Well, women who get the right amount of this
B vitamin have a lower risk of having a child with a neural tube defect. In fact, since
the US required folic acid fortification of certain foods — like flour, rice, pasta
and bread — in 1998, neural tube defect prevalence has decreased by 35 percent, according
to the CDC. Speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you are worried about your folic acid levels
or are considering a folic acid supplement.