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USA Rice Federation Partners with National Council on Folic Acid to Promote National Folic Acid Awareness Week
Date:1/5/2009

MPH, CHES, Immediate Past Chair, National Council on Folic Acid. "We look forward to working with USA Rice to help achieve our goal of reducing folic acid preventable birth defects by recommending that women of childbearing age take 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid daily, from fortified foods and/or supplements, in addition to consuming food folate from a varied diet."

Folic acid is important at all ages, and is especially important during times of growth because of its role in making and maintaining new cells. Taking folic acid before pregnancy reduces the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine, called neural tube defects, by up to 70%. In addition to its role in healthy pregnancy outcomes, folic acid has been shown to play a role in disease protection and healthy aging. Benefits include protection against birth defects, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease.

The National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) is a partnership of national organizations and associations, state folic acid councils and government agencies whose mission is to improve health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid.

The USA Rice Federation is the national advocate for all segments of the rice industry, conducting programs to build awareness and usage of U.S.-grown rice. Nearly 85% of the rice that is consumed in the U.S. is grown here. Farmers in Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Missouri produce some 19 billion pounds annually of high-quality short, medium and long grain rice, as well as specialty rices including jasmine, basmati, arborio, red aromatic and black japonica, among others.

For more rice recipes and information, visit www.usarice.com.

For information on folic acid, visit www.folicacidinfo.org.

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