Nature Made Folic Acid with DHA includes folic acid, vitamin B12 and 50 mg of DHA, three essential nutrients for overall health. Folic acid, a member of the B vitamin family, is required for the metabolism of amino acids (the building blocks of protein), while vitamin B12 is needed for the metabolism of both protein and fat from your diet. Through these metabolic processes, these two B vitamins support cellular energy production. Folic acid and vitamin B12 also support proper red blood cell formation, help maintain a healthy homocysteine level and may help support vascular health. DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fish that plays an important role in cell membrane fluidity.†
•Folic acid, as part of a healthful diet, may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with neural tube defects.
•DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid.
•Folic acid and vitamin B12 support cellular energy production, proper red blood cell formation, and help maintain a healthy homocysteine level and may help support vascular health.†
What are the benefits of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy?
Adequate folic acid, as part of a healthful diet, is important for the developing fetus from conception forward and may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a neural tube defect. It is important that women of childbearing age consume adequate folic acid even before pregnancy confirmation, as this B vitamin is critical for the health of the developing fetus in the first few weeks after conception, before most women know they are pregnant.
What is DHA?
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid. In the body, DHA concentrations are highest in the eye and brain, and this good fat supports the structural integrity and fluidity of all cell membranes in the human body.†
What are food sources of folic acid, DHA and vitamin B12?
Folic acid is found in a variety of foods. Highest amounts are found in foods like beef liver, cooked spinach, black-eyed peas and fortified breakfast cereals and grains. Vegetables (especially dark green, leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes and some fruit) are also good sources of folic acid. In the diet, DHA is predominantly found in marine-based sources, such as fatty fish like salmon, tuna, anchovies and sardines. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products, such as meat, poultry and fish (including shellfish).