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Reducing the Risk of Brain and Spine Defects

Birth defects are more common than you think.

There are an estimated 7.9 million infants born with birth defects around the world every year. Right now, that is 6% of all births annually [1].

In the United States alone, 120,000 infants are born with birth defects, due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors [2]. That’s 1 in 33 babies. Unfortunately in many cases the cause is unknown.

However, there is a way to reduce the likelihood of brain and spinal defects. Studies show that taking folic acid, the supplement version of B-9 (folate) can help reduce the risk [3]! This is because folate helps develop the neural tube in a fetus, which is linked to both spine and brain health.

 

What is Folate?

Also known as folic acid, this vitamin helps make genetic material and it plays a main role in dividing and generating cells.

The average person needs less than pregnant women, but the correct intake is important for all. Here is a chart of what bodies need according to age group. As you can see, it’s recommended a pregnant or nursing woman takes anywhere from 400 to 600mcg DFE, but always consult with your medical professional before starting a new vitamin regimen.

 

Folate vs Folic Acid

Is there a difference between folate and folic acid? Yes and no!

They are both vitamin B-9, however folate naturally occurs in food, and folic acid is manufactured in labs as supplements and in fortified foods [4].

Folic acid tablets are usually the form of B-9 recommended before and during pregnancy. In addition to helping lower the likelihood of birth defects, it also may help in lowering the chances of preeclampsia and anemia [5].

You and your baby deserve the best wellness and risk-reducing methods available, and taking folic acid tablets is a crucial first step to peace of mind and self-care.

 

Folic Acid Supplements

Everyone needs B-9, as they do all other vitamins and minerals! Usually people get their daily folate through food, although checking in with a doctor if you have any symptoms of deficiency is highly recommended.

Deficiencies can be caused by many things, like poor diet, alcoholism, conditions like celiac disease, dialysis, and types of anemia!

If you find yourself trying folic acid tablets, make sure you are choosing a brand that cares about what they put into their vitamin supplements as much as you care about what goes into your body!

The best part about choosing EZ Melts? Our tablets are fast melting, EZ to take, and have delicious customer-approved flavors. In addition, all our supplements have zero chemical additives, are vegan, and non-GMO.

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Sources

  1. https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/birth-defects-causes-and-statistics-863/#:~:text=Every%20year%2C%20an%20estimated%207.9,children%20are%20disabled%20for%20life.
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/facts.html
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/about.html
  4. https://www.webmd.com/diet/qa/what-is-the-difference-between-folate-and-folic-acid#:~:text=Folate%20is%20the%20generic%20name,acid%20have%20the%20same%20effects.

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Written by Annie-Eliza Stevens