Can I get enough folic acid from my diet alone?

It is certainly possible, although many Americans still fail to do so. Green leafy vegetables, fruit and liver are some of the best sources of folate, the natural form of the vitamin. Folic acid, the synthetic form used in fortification and supplements, can be found in all fortified grains, breads and cereals. Intake ranges for adults are recommended to be 400-1000mcg/day.

Folic acid is present in many foods in the typical diet, including green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and beans and peas. Most people eating a well-balanced diet that includes the foods above will get enough folic acid from diet alone. However, if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you should take additional folic acid supplements every day to prevent specific birth defects.

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