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    Foods Rich in Folic Acid for Pregnant Women

    Which foods are the rich sources of folic acid or folate? How much folic acid is required by a pregnant woman daily? Is it necessary to have folic acid supplement if pregnant woman consumes foods rich in folic acid?
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    During pregnancy, folic acid is needed for proper fetal development. Folic acid rich foods are lentils and beans. Spinach is also a good source of folic acid. Fish is good source of folic acid for non vegetarians

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    Shweta Kale's Avatar Member
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    Folic acid is extremely important and essential for the body during pregnancy. Folic acid helps in functioning of DNA synthesis and repair, nucleotide biosynthesis in cells, prevents anemia and also helps in formation of the red blood cells. Folic acid is commonly known for vitamin B9.

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    Hi, the benefits of folic acid are that it helps in prevention of several diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, fetal deformities and various types of cancer. There are many foods which are rich in folic acid. Folic acid and folate have different metabolism effects.

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    Hi all, folate is available in the natural form of vitamin B9 like in animals and plant foods. Folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin found in fortified foods and supplements.The body more readily accepts folate and regulates healthy levels by releasing excess through urine.

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    There are various sources of folic acid sources like dark leafy vegetables. Green leafy vegetables are one of the healthiest vegetables and are rich in folate. You can add spinach, kale, lettuce, collard greens and turnip greens in your daily diet.

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    Hello, you can also add asparagus in your daily diet and they are extremely high in folic acid. These are the most nutrient dense foods packed with folic acid. Having one cup of boiled asparagus will provide you with 262 milligrams of folic acid. It also has various other nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, Manganese, Vitamin K.

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    Broccoli is considered to be best detox food and is also rich in folic acid. Adding broccoli in your diet will provide you with 25% of folic acid needs daily. You can eat raw broccoli or steamed or cooked properly.

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    There are several fruits which contain folic acid, but citrus fruits are packed with folic acid. Oranges are a great source of folic acid. Eating orange daily can provide you with 50 milligram folic acid. There are various other fruits like grapefruit, papaya, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and cantaloupe.

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    Hello all, you should definitely add beans, lentils and peas in your diet, these are rich in folic acid. Eating a bowl of beans will provide you with a large amount of recommended folate which is required.

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