Supplement Manufacturing Can Help Prevent Birth Defects by Providing Folic Acid
Kristy thinks she may want to have a baby someday, but wonders if her body is in the best shape possible for the health of her baby.
While she eats a healthy diet and engages in regular exercise, she worries that she should be doing more to avoid birth defects and other problems during a future pregnancy.
Healthcare professionals have known for decades that consuming folic acid reduces a woman’s risk of having an infant affected by specific types of birth defects, known as neural tube defects.
The neural tube is the hollow structure where the brain and spinal cord form in a developing embryo. Neural tube defects affect the brain, spine, or spinal cord in that developing embryo.
Two of the most common neural tube defects are anencephaly and spina bifida.