Folic acid, also called folate, is an essential B vitamin for women of childbearing age. Folic acid plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps support energy levels. Folic acid also helps support fetal neural tube development for the baby’s spinal cord and brain.
The use of Geritol multivitamin has not been studied in pregnant women. It is not a substitute for your prenatal vitamin, so if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about your specific nutritional needs.
Folate is found naturally in some foods, including leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans (legumes), and whole grains. However, the body does not use the natural form of folic acid as easily as the synthetic form. Therefore, folic acid is also added to many processed foods that are labeled “enriched.”
The best food sources of folic acid are fortified cereals but folate is also added to many breads, flours, pastas, cornmeal and white rice.
Despite this, the US Department of Health and Human services says that “we cannot be sure that eating foods that contain folate would have the same benefits as consuming folic acid.”
In the United States, most people who eat foods enriched with folic acid are still not getting the recommended daily value from their diet alone. That’s why it’s so important to take a vitamin with folic acid every day.
The trusted multivitamin Geritol® contains 100% of the daily value of folic acid in every daily dose.
Folic acid fact sheet. Reviwed by Tracy Wolff, M.D., M.P.H. May 18, 2010. US Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from: http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/folic-acid.cfm#f January 6, 2013.