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DHA: Folic acid prevents defects during pregnancy
February 09, 2018
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DUBAI: In a bid to raise awareness about the importance of folic acid consumption in reducing neural tube defects, Latifa Hospital’s paediatric surgery department has launched a campaign in this regard.

According to international statistics, 50-70% of neural tube defects which are birth defects of the spinal cord can be prevented by folic acid consumption.

Dr. Ghadir Jaber said, “Folic acid consumption reduces the risk of birth defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord, therefore it is advisable that all married women of child bearing age take 400mcg of Folic Acid daily.” 

Sources of folic acid include dark green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, dried legumes as chickpeas, beans and lentils, as well as supplements.

She added that taking 400mcg of folic acid for at least one month before conception and during the first trimester, reduces the chance of having a baby with neural tube defects by 50-70%.

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