Health benefits of folic acid go beyond pregnancy

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Many foods, like cereals and breads, are fortified with B vitamins so folic acid deficiency no longer is a problem in many countries, according to the Mayo Clinic. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Women of childbearing age are urged by doctors to maintain ample amounts of folic acid in their bodies through supplementation and consumption of foods with folate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that folate/folic acid is essential to preventing major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. Folic acid is not just beneficial for pregnant women and their growing babies. There are several benefits behind this B vitamin. Folic acid and folate are different. Although the terms folic acid and folate often are used interchangeably, they are not exactly the same thing. Folate is a general term to describe many different types of the vitamin b-9, including dihydrofolate, tetrahydrofolate and more that generally occur naturally in foods. Folic acid
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