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Title: Julie Garden-Robinson

Folic Acid
A Vitamin Important at Any Age
  • Julie Garden-Robinson
  • Food and Nutrition Specialist
  • Module by Bridget Curley
  • Program Assistant

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Time to Take the Pre-survey
  • We would like to learn how much you know before
    taking part in this activity
  • You will take the same quiz at the end of the
    lesson to see what you have learned.
  • Click here to begin the presurvey!

Defining Folic Acid
  • A B vitamin the body needs to produce
  • Healthy cells
  • Healthy blood
  • The natural form, folate, is found in some
  • The man-made form, folic acid, is found in
    fortified foods and vitamin supplements

Why is Folic Acid Important?
  • Shown to reduce 70 of birth defects
  • May reduce heart disease and stroke risks
  • May lower cancer risk
  • All of the above

Folic Acid and Birth Defects
  • What are common birth defects affected by folic
    acid intake?
  • Visit this link to find out.
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Affect babys brain or spine
  • Spina bifida spine and back bones do not close
    all the way
  • Anencephaly brain and skull bones do not form

Spina bifida
  • The spinal cord and back bones do not form
  • A sac of fluid comes through an opening in the
    babys back.
  • Most children live full lives but often have
    lifelong disabilities.

  • The brain and skull bones do not form correctly.
  • Part or all of the brain and skull bones may be
  • Babies die before or shortly after birth.

Folic Acid and Women
  • Folic acid is especially important for women
  • Should a women who is not planning on having a
    baby take folic acid?
  • Click here to find out.
  • Yes! Every women needs folic acid to make
    healthy cells.

True or False
  • All women childbearing age are encouraged to
    consume 400 micrograms (mcg) daily
  • This may prevent birth defects that develop
    before the woman knows she is pregnant.

How Much Folic Acid Do You Need?
Age in Years 1-3 4-8 9-13 14-18 19
Adult (mcg/day) 150 200 300 400 400
Pregnancy (mcg/day) N/A N/A N/A 600 600
Go to the Folic Acid A Vitamin at Any Age
publication by clicking here to find out.
mcg/day means micrograms per day
Where Can You Find Folic Acid?
  • Visit this fact sheet to find out.

What Foods Contain Folic Acid?
  • Folic acid is added to some grains such as
  • Pasta
  • Breads
  • Cereals
  • Rice
  • Folate is naturally found in
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Cooked dry edible beans
  • Broccoli
  • Peanuts
  • Citrus fruits

Folic Acid on Nutrition Labels
  • Did you know folic acid is listed on some
    Nutrition Facts labels (especially cereal)?
  • Look here to see a sample label.

What About Fortification?
  • Why are some foods fortified with folic acid?
  • Find out here.
  • Not everyone takes a folic acid supplement
  • Adding folic acid to foods helps people meet the
    daily recommended 400 mcg

How Much is Too Much?
  • 1000mcg is the upper limit for folic acid.
  • Too much folic acid may hide Vitamin B12

Click here to find out.
Folic Acid Absorption
  • Man-made folic acid (in cereals and supplements)
    is easier for the body to use than folate
    naturally found in foods

Is Folic Acid for Everyone?
  • Folic acid has benefits for males and females.
  • Click here to find out more.
  • Folic acids relationship to lowering risk of
    heart disease is being studied.

Its Time to Take the Post-survey!
  • After completing all the activities and review
    questions, you are ready to take the survey. Good
  • Click here to take the survey.
  • The next two slides show additional resources, so
    check those out after the survey.

Check out these Publications
  • Can we talk? about folic acid
  • Folic Acid A Vitamin Important at Any Age
  • Born Too Soon and Too Small Questions and
    Answers About Prematurity

For More Information
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/faqs.htm
  • National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary
  • http//dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets
  • Linus Pauling Institute/Oregon State University
  • http//lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/fa/
  • March of Dimes
  • www.marchofdimes.com
  • North Dakota Wheat Commission
  • www.ndwheat.com/uploads/resources/390/folicacidcon
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