National Council on Folic Acid

Promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid

Folic Acid Information

Folic Acid Awareness Week is January 4-10

The National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) has provided materials that can be used on your Web site as well as promoted to the media.

Folic Acid Awareness  FAAW Sample Article 2013

Folic Acid Awareness  Folic Acid and Neural Tube Defects

Folic Acid Awareness  Folic Acid and Neural Tube Defects (NTD) 2013

Folic Acid Awareness  How To Pitch

Folic Acid Awareness  How to Pitch 2013

Folic Acid Awareness  Media Campaign Implementation Kit 2013

Folic Acid Awareness  National Folic Acid Awareness Week Press Release

Folic Acid Awareness  Running English (PDF)

Folic Acid Awareness  Sample Article

Folic Acid Awareness  Spanish Tool Kit

Folic Acid Awareness  Test

Folic Acid

Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy from a multi-vitamin or fortified foods, folic acid can prevent from 50% up to 70% of some forms of serious birth defects of the brain and spine.

Experts recommend that women who could possibly become pregnant should take 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid daily, from:

  • fortified foods like grains, pastas, or breakfast cereals,
  • daily multi-vitamin, and
  • eat a variety of foods as part of a healthy diet.

The easiest way to be sure to get the recommended daily amount of folic acid is to take a multi-vitamin every day.

 

Folic Acid Factsheet (PDF)