You can reduce risk of birth defects

By Jeffrey Ellis, M.D.

Good news: awareness about the importance of folate during pregnancy is on the rise. The bad news: almost 70 percent of women of childbearing age (18 to 45) don’t get enough of this essential B vitamin.
The March of Dimes, the leading organization for the prevention of birth defects in the U.S., has long recommended that all women of childbearing age get at least 400 mcg of folate per day. People with a certain genetic mutation can’t because they ...

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