During my wife pregnancy, she took folic acid supplement daily in addition to her proper diet which consist mostly of fruits and vegetables. The practice is recommended by doctors to help prevent birth defects and maintain mother’s health.
She was also drinking Anmum. Powdered milk specially formulated for pregnant women. The milk is fortified with folic acid. Her cabinet always have Anmum and folic acid capsule. Getting out of stock is a no no!
The result was really awesome. Our baby was born very healthy.The result of newborn screening test was negative (no illness detected). The baby seldom catches cough, cold and fever. A very talkative boy, though I cannot yet understand what he is saying. He is nine months now and starting to walk on his own.
Taking folic acid really helps in preventing birth defects. And this B12 vitamin has more benefits than you can imagine.
According to studies, consumption of 400 micrograms folic acid daily reduce the risk of colon cancer by 40 percent. In a family with a colon cancer history, it can reduce the risk by 50%.
Results of another study stated that rodents fed with a vitamin B12 deficient diet develop problems similar to people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Other effects of Vitamin B12 deficiency are poor growth, smooth red painful tongue, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, fatigue and tiredness.
Eat foods rich in folic acid such as leafy green vegetables, enriched breads and pastas, avocado, kidney beans, sunflower seeds, broccoli, lentils, okra, citrus and asparagus. Taking vitamin supplements is an option. Having a healthy diet is much cheaper than costly hospital bills and medications.