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

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.


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 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.