According to a study conducted at the University of Texas’ Medical Branch, women who take folic acid supplements before conception showed a lower risk of prematurely delivering when compared to those who did not.
About 12 percent of babies in the United States are born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. Babies delivered prematurely are at an increased risk of developing learning disabilities and physical conditions in life. Although there are no effective preventative measures for premature birth, researchers found that lower levels of folic acid in the body were associated with a shorter pregnancy time.
Researchers found that taking supplements for a year before conception showed a 70 percent decreased risk of premature birth in expecting mothers. Additionally, folic acid intake did not show an association with any other complications during pregnancy.
Those looking to increase their folic acid intake may want to consider taking dietary supplements like those offered by Dr. Newton’s Naturals.
Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual B-12 Advantage from Dr. Newton’s Naturals contains 1100 micrograms of folic acid, in addition to vitamins B-12 and B-6. Regular intake may increase vitality and improve energy levels.