Spina Bifida and Folic Acid

Folic Acid Helps Prevent Spina Bifida Spina Bifida and Anencephaly are serious birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord. Babies with anencephaly die before or shortly after birth. Babies born with spina bifida usually grow to adulthood, but often suffer some degree of paralysis or disability. Each year, 2,500 – 3,000 births in the U.S. are affected by these neural tube defects (NTDs). Recent research shows that folic acid may also help prevent cleft palate, congenital heart defects, premature births and low birth weight. Folic acid is a “B” vitamin that…Read more …