Folic Acid Helps to Cut Down the Premature Birth Risk by Half

by Medindia Content Team on  February 1, 2008 at 4:07 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
Women may be able to halve the risk of giving birth prematurely by taking folic acid a year before becoming pregnant, a study published in the United States on Thursday said.
Folic Acid Helps to Cut Down the Premature Birth Risk by Half
Folic Acid Helps to Cut Down the Premature Birth Risk by Half

Women taking the supplements -- a form of vitamin B -- can reduce by 50 to 70 percent the risk of a premature birth, which can cause mental retardation, blindness or lung problems in a child, according to the study.

Trials run by the National Institutes of Health monitored 38,000 women between 1999 and 2002.

"Folate supplementation for at least one year is linked to a 70 percent decrease in very early preterm deliveries (20 to 28 weeks ... ) and up to a 50 percent reduction in early preterm deliveries of 28 to 32 weeks," said the study's leader author Radek Bukowski of the University of Texas, in a report.

Found in green vegetables, fruit and beans, folic acid aids the reproduction of cells.

Alan Fleischman of the non-profit pregnancy health foundation March For Dimes said the research bolstered US public health authorities' recommendation that all women of childbearing age take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day.

The research was presented at the annual meeting of gynecologists and obstetricians held by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Dallas, Texas.

Source: AFP

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