Monday, April 21, 2008

Folic Acid

Women who are planning for their pregnancies should know about folic acid. It's a kind of B- vitamin, which is crucial in the development of DNA. It carries the genetic information that controls the development and function of every cell in our body. For expecting mom, folic acid may reduce the incidences of recurrent miscarriages, pre-term delivery and low birth weight babies. For baby, folic acid protects baby against Neural Tube Defects which are birth defects of the spine and brain.

New evidence suggests that folic acid deficiency reduces fertility in men and may damage the DNA carried by sperm. According to the study, a folate-restricted diet made sperm counts plunge 90 percent in rats, and folic acid deficiency has a similar effect in men.

So, a couple should eat a folic acid-rich diet before they started to plan for a healthy pregnancy. Folic acid-rich foods include beans, peas, dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, asparagus, seeds, oranges, fortified breakfast cereals and maternal supplements.


New Kid on the Blog said...

i had my folic acid for nearly 2 years before the pregnancy, yet, still lost it.

little inbox said...

Oh, new kid, it's no guarantee. Just that we have to make whichever preparation that we manage to.