Folic acid is a B vitamin. Getting 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day at least a month before becoming pregnant can help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine. Here are three ways to get the recommended daily amount of this important nutrient:

Multivitamin Folic Acid for Folic Acid Awareness Month.

Make It Quick

A fast way to get your daily dose of folic acid is to take a multivitamin every day. Check the label to be sure it contains the recommended daily amount of 400 mcg.


Breakfast cereals have Folic Acid. News for folic acid awareness month.

Make It Easy

Many breakfast cereals contain 100% of the recommended daily amount of folic acid per serving. Check the label to be sure.


Make taking your folic acid delicious

Make It Delicious

Give your vitamin intake a boost by enjoying a healthy smoothie. Blend together these ingredients for a nutritious tropical smoothie: 1 small banana, 1/2 cup mango, 1/2 cup pineapple,% cup orange juice, and ice.



Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more info, click here.