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Folic Acid Benefits for Women

Leafy greens are beneficial for women who are not pregnant as well, as good nutrition is typically essential when trying to conceive. There is evidence that folic acid can affect women's fertility, and extra folic acid may be beneficial in this scenario. In fact, a study found that men who consumed high amounts of folic acid (more than 700 mcg daily) had a 20% lower risk of developing defective sperm, which could potentially increase pregnancy rates. However, this information is inconclusive since other researchers have not found a link between folic acid intake and male fertility. Therefore, men may benefit from consuming substantial doses of folic acid along with other vitamins and minerals.

According to healthline Folic acid, also known as folate, is a genuine B9 vitamin, and its primary function in the body is to maintain and support the growth of new cells, particularly during cell division. The body requires folic acid to construct DNA and red blood cells, which are both essential for reproduction. Women should consume folic acid before conception and throughout the first trimester of pregnancy, as it has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of neural-tube disorders in developing infants, such as spina bifida.

Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, most fruits including avocados, beans, beets, chickpeas, fortified cereals, and bread are all good sources of this vital mineral. Encourage your partner to consume leafy greens, beets, and bean burritos with guacamole at his favorite Mexican restaurant.

Moreover, all women of reproductive age should consume at least 400 mcg of folic acid every day, even if they are not actively trying to get pregnant. Expectant mothers should consume ten times that amount, or 4 mg, of folic acid supplements if their family history shows a high risk of neural-tube issues. If you are expecting, your doctor has probably already prescribed a daily prenatal vitamin that includes 600 to 1,000 mcg of folic acid or more.

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