It should be no longer news that folic acid is very beneficial to a woman’s reproductive system and health. As you keep reading, you will see how.
If you’re capable of reproducing — even if you’re not planning to get pregnant; if you ever wish to be a mother, a healthy lifestyle should be very important to you.
Most African women do not bother about having a daily balanced diet.
Most of us consume more carbohydrate-rich foods everyday without even watching our weight.
We also forget to fast sometimes to enable complete metabolism in our system, except you are managing your health, which requires a daily intake of drugs.
Most women don’t think about the nutrients that are most important during pregnancy until getting pregnant is on their radar.
All women who are even capable of getting pregnant should be taking one thing – folic acid.
Folate, the main component in folic acid, is a kind of Vitamin B that is essential for normal growth of the brain and spine in a developing fetus. But what’s the point in taking it if you’re not even thinking about having a baby?
The answer is simple – because 27 percent of all pregnancies in most African homes are unplanned. Birth defects of the brain and spine happen in the very early stages of pregnancy (the first few weeks), often before a woman even knows she is pregnant.
All women who can get pregnant should be taking folic acid, not just if you’re thinking about it. But if you are already supplementing, you will have one less thing to worry about supposing you’re surprised with a positive pregnancy test.
Folate can be found in many fruits and vegetables (especially leafy greens), as well as beans, nuts, and enriched grain products. It’s called “folic acid” in its synthetic form in vitamins and supplements.
Chances are that you’re not getting enough from the foods you eat, even if they’re fortified, and since our bodies can use folic acid more readily than folate (the natural form), you should take folic acid daily.
If you’re not too keen on popping a multivitamin every day, you can just take singular folic acid supplements. There are also chewable and liquid options on the shelves at drug stores.