Folic acid is part of the B Vitamin family. It is also known as B9 or folacin. Folic acid is necessary for DNA formation. It plays major role in development of tissue and cell growth for the fetus. Taking essential amount of Folic acid during the pregnancy period helps in preventing birth defects, heart strokes, neural tube defects and vascular disease. It also ensures the safety delivery of the child without birth defects. Folic acid must be taken by every pregnant woman for giving healthy birth. This most valuable vitamin can be found in all kind of leafy vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts.
Folic Acid Daily Requirement
The daily recommendation of folic acid is 600 micro grams (mcg) for pregnant women and 400 mcg for non-pregnant women. Maintaining a particular supplement diet which contains folic acid produces best results. Eat a diet supplement which contains rich folate. Research studies found that a regular balanced diet doesn’t contain rich folate; so plan to take a good supplement diet daily with rich folate content. Most of the folate content is lost during cooking, so make sure to use less water and oil for cooking.
Folic Acid Foods
Leafy Green Vegetables: All kinds of leafy vegetables like spinach and fenugreek contain rich folate content.
Legumes: Soya beans, white Beans, Butter beans, sugar snap beans, Guar beans, Black eyed peas, green peas, split peas and purple hull peas are the rich content legumes of folic
Fruits: Oranges, Strawberries ,Pine apples ,raspberries and banana contains rich folate content
Nuts: Almonds , Cashews , Badam pistas and Pistachio nuts are very rich in folate
Juices: All fruit juices can be taken in addition to your supplement diet.