National Folic Acid Awareness Week is observed each year during the first week of January. This year it will be observed from January 5th -10th.
During this time MCHD, like so many other organizations across the country seek to spread awareness about the importance of folic acid.
MCHD Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Manrique Fuentes — LD convenes the message that folic acid is crucial to prevent disabilities and lower the risks of developing cancer.
Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps the body produce and maintain new cells. It also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer. Medical care professionals highly recommend that individuals who have a family history of cancer, get plenty of folic acid.
Some foods that have an excellent source of folic acids includes dried beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole wheat products, broccoli, beets, and spinach.