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Why is folic acid important?


Asked by usdragonflies at 2:16 PM on Jan. 22, 2011 in Health

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  • folic acid is very important in early pregnancy to prevent birth defects like spinal bifida and other neural tube problems for the baby.


    Answer by princessbeth79 at 2:17 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 2:21 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • Because it helps prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 2:19 PM on Jan. 22, 2011

  • Great link, elizbr. It also helps to balance the homocysteine level, which plays a part in blood clotting (and some clotting disorders) and the health of the vascular system.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 3:32 PM on Jan. 22, 2011