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julie garden robinson food and nutrition specialist module by bridget curley program assistant

Folic Acid:

A Vitamin Important at Any Age

Julie Garden-Robinson

Food and Nutrition Specialist

Module by Bridget Curley

Program Assistant

the following tips will help you navigate through each module
The following tips will help you navigate through each module.
  • Click the left mouse button or the down arrow to continue to the next bullet or slide.
  • Before you begin you’ll take a presurvey.
    • The presurvey will open in a new window.
    • When you are finished with the presurvey close the window to return to the module.
  • symbolizes a question slide. You’ll need to click your mouse once to see the answer.
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symbolizes an Internet Mission. You’ll need to click on the link listed to answer the question.
    • After visiting the site, close the Internet browser to return to the module.
    • Click your mouse once to see the answer.
  • When you are finished with the module, you will take a post-survey.
    • The post-survey will open in a new window.
    • When you are finished with the post-survey, close the window to return to the module.
time to take the pre survey
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 foods.

The man-made form, “folic acid,” is found in fortified foods and vitamin supplements

Defining Folic Acid
why is folic acid important
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 baby’s brain or spine

Spina bifida – spine and back bones do not close all the way

Anencephaly – brain and skull bones do not form correctly

Folic Acid and Birth Defects
spina bifida
Spina bifida
  • The spinal cord and back bones do not form correctly.
  • A sac of fluid comes through an opening in the baby’s back.
  • Most children live full lives but often have lifelong disabilities.
anencephaly
Anencephaly
  • The brain and skull bones do not form correctly.
  • Part or all of the brain and skull bones may be missing.
  • 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.

Folic Acid and Women
true or false
True or False

True

  • 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

How Much Folic Acid Do You Need?

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

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

What Foods Contain Folic Acid?
folic acid on nutrition labels

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

What About Fortification?
how much is too much

How Much is “Too Much?”

Click here to find out.

1000mcg is the upper limit for folic acid.

Too much folic acid may hide Vitamin B12 deficiencies.

folic acid absorption

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 acid’s relationship to lowering risk of heart disease is being studied.

Is Folic Acid for Everyone?
it s time to take the post survey
It’s Time to Take the Post-survey!
  • After completing all the activities and review questions, you are ready to take the survey. Good luck!
  • Click here to take the survey.
  • The next two slides show additional resources, so check those out after the survey.
check out these publications
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
For More Information:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/folicacid/faqs.htm
  • National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements
    • http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/folate.asp
  • 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/folicacidconsumption.pdf