Folic acid, prenatal vitamins

Folic acid in prenatal vitamin preparations may be unavailable for utilization. The six prescription prenatal vitamin preparations investigated did not release folic acid sufficiently to meet the United States Pharmacopoeial Convention standards. The researchers felt that other preparations not tested performed similarly. (Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association NS37:397-400, 1997) ED- Many are advocating the use of folic acid supplements during pregnancy to reduce birth defects. A vegetarian diet, however, provides a higher blood level of folic acid than most supplements, insuring the most favorable nutrient balance for pregnancy. Copyright Phylis Austin

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