How can my spouse get folic acid?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, all women should aim to get at least 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of folic acid each day. There are a few easy ways your spouse can do this.
- Make sure she takes a daily vitamin that has folic acid in it. Most multivitamins sold in the U.S. have enough. Check the label on the vitamin to be sure. It should say “400 mcg” or “100%” next to folic acid. Some labels might use the word “folate” for folic acid. Or she can take a vitamin pill that only has folic acid in it. You can find both of these types at your local grocery, drug store, or discount store
- Another way to get enough folic acid is to eat a serving of breakfast cereal that contains 100% of the daily value (DV) for folic acid each day. Check the label on the box to be sure it has enough.
Make sure your spouse eats a healthy diet that contains lots of fruits and vegetables and other foods that have folic acid (or folate) in them or added to them.
Below are foods she can eat to get folic acid (or folate).
Look at the package and the food label to see if the foods have folic acid in them. Find foods that say they have folic acid. The label will tell you how much folic acid is in it.