Latest news on folic acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin found in some foods as well as in supplement form. It’s recommended that women of childbearing age who are sexually active take a daily supplement of folic acid to prevent possible neural tube defects (NTD’s) in their baby.

A Department of Health expert group, convened by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, has considered the option of mandatory fortification of food to increase folate levels in the population. The main outcome of their report is that mandatory fortification is not required at this time. The report highlights the importance of taking folic acid and continues to recommend that all women who could become pregnant are advised to take a supplement of 400μg (micrograms) of folic acid each day.