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Brides-To-Be Should Say 'I Do' to a Daily Multivitamin With Folic Acid
Date:12/29/2008

e also know that the odds of having a baby born with an NTD could be greatly reduced by women of childbearing age getting the recommended amount of folic acid." The easiest way to reduce the risk of having a baby born with an NTD is for women to begin taking a multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid today--not after they become pregnant, says Dr. Jordan.

According to the recent Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Impact Study, conducted by the "Life...supplemented" consumer wellness campaign, almost three quarters of physicians (72 percent) and more than three quarters of nurses (88 percent) say it is a good idea for patients to take a multivitamin--many of which contain 400 mcg of folic acid. According to the same survey, 86 percent of nurses and 87 percent of physicians personally take a multivitamin.

"Evidence suggests that the incidence of neural tube defects could be decreased as much as 70 percent if all women had an adequate folate intake during the periconceptual period," says Dr. Jordan. "The neural tube begins to close within the first month of gestation, often before a woman realizes she is pregnant."

To help remind brides-to-be of the importance of taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid, two organizations, the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, have teamed up to develop a series of free e-postcards that can be sent to brides-to-be, reminding them to take care of their health. To wish a bride-to-be a lifetime of happiness and health, visit www.crnusa.org/commitment or www.hmhb.org.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. C
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