Just how much do you like apples, anyway?


You’ve heard that it’s important to take a multivitamin every day to get the folic acid your body needs.  You know folic acid is important to keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy; to protect against certain kinds of birth defects; and maybe even to prevent certain types of cancers.

But why do you need to take a vitamin pill everyday?  Can’t you just get all the folic acid you need by eating a healthy diet?

Well, according to the CDC, that’s a pretty tough thing to do!  Every woman ages 14-45 should be getting 400 μg of folate every day.  If you tried to get that much just from food, you would have to eat…

  • 4 slices of beef liver
  • 44 1/2 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 14 1/2 cups of raw broccoli
  • 17 1/2 cups of orange juice
  • 19 1/2 cups of raw green beans
  • 5 1/2 cups of black beans
  • 200 red medium apples

That’s a lot of eating!

Most multivitamins in the U.S. already have the 400 mcg of folic acid you need every day to help keep yourself healthy. Please read the label on a multivitamin bottle to be sure it contains 400 mcg of folic acid.  Multivitamins with folic acid are available without a prescription and can be easily found at your neighborhood drug store. Talk with your doctor about which multivitamin is right for you or give us a call: 1-800-300-9950

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