How can women get folic acid?


All women should aim to get at least 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of folic acid each day. There are a few easy ways she can do this.

  • Take a daily vitamin that has folic acid in it. Most multivitamins sold in the U.S. have enough. Check the label on the vitamin to be sure. It should say “400 mcg” or “100%” next to folic acid.  Some labels might use the word “folate” for folic acid, it is the same thing. Or you can take a vitamin pill that only has folic acid in it. You can find both of these types at your local grocery, drug store, or discount store.

  • Another way to get enough folic acid is to eat a serving of breakfast cereal that contains 100% of the daily value (DV) for folic acid each day. Check the label on the box to be sure it has enough.

Eat a healthy diet that contains lots of fruits and vegetables and other foods that have folic acid (or folate) in them or added to them. Below are foods you can eat to get more folic acid (or folate).

 

broccoli

 

asparagus

 

bananas

 

oranges

 

peas

 

nuts

 

spaghetti

 

bread

 

cereal

 

flour