How many of us keep our New Year’s Resolutions? More often than not, energetic promises are broken as the year wears on and life catches up with our better intentions.
But if you decide to get more folic acid this is one resolution you just might keep. It’s easy! Either:
1. Take a daily multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid (click here to find out how San Francisco women can get a year’s supply of free vitamins)
2. Eat a daily bowl of cereal that’s been fortified with 400 mcg of folic acid (download a graphic of which cereals are).
Your hair, skin and nails will thank you! Since your body uses folic acid to make new cells, getting enough may give you shinier hair, stronger nails and healthier skin. The rest of your body will thank you too, as folic acid supports heart health and may help to prevent certain cancers, including breast cancer.
Your future children will thank you also. Getting enough folic acid at least 3 months before becoming pregnant reduces the risk of having a baby with serious birth defects of the brain and spine (neural tube defects). It may also lower the risk of premature birth and other serious birth defects like cleft palate.
So, resolve to Go Folic in 2012! What’s to lose?