Friday, February 2, 2018

Folic Acid Saves the Day!


Are you pregnant? Trying to conceive? Chances are, your OB would have already told you to start taking folic acid. Months before our first little bun Lia started baking in my oven, I was already taking it.šŸ‘¶ And now that we’re TTC again, folic is back to being my daily buddy. 



What is folic and why is it important? 

Folic Acid is a B vitamin, and countless studies have shown that it has important health benefits for moms-to-be and their babies, especially if it’s started months before the mommy conceives. šŸ‘

According to whattoexpect.com, folic acid reduces the risk of: 
  • Neural tube defects by up to a whopping 70%. šŸ˜® These include spina bifida (incomplete development of the spinal cord or vertebrae) and anencephaly (incomplete development of the brain). 
  • Miscarriage. Research has shown that because of folic acid deficiency, some women have difficulty getting or staying pregnant. 
  • Preterm labor. One study showed that women who took Folic acid for at least a year before getting pregnant cut their chances of preterm labor by 50% more. šŸ˜®
  • Congenital heart defects. 
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Autism in the baby 
O, diba? Folic Acid is truly a pregnancy superhero!!! šŸŒŸ


How much folic acid should you take? 

The recommended daily intake for all women of childbearing age is at least 400 mcg, but the requirement jumps up to 600-800 mcg during pregnancy. If you have a family history of neural-tube defects, the recommended intake should be much more, about 4,000 mcg daily. 


What are the folic acid brands available in the Philippines and how much? 

I went to both Mercury Drug and Watsons yesterday, 2018 February 01, and below is the list of available brands and their prices, in no particular order: 


Folart 5mg
Price: PhP 9.25/capsule 


Purifol 5mg 
Price: 9.25/capsule 



Maxifol 5mg 
Price: 6.35/capsule 

Foladin 5mg 
Price: 7/tablet 


Folicard 5mg 
Price: 7 to 7.50/capsule 

Iberet Folic 500
Price: 24.25 to 24.75/tablet 


All brands, except Iberet Folic, contain 5mg of pure folic acid, and that’s equivalent to 5000 mcg! šŸ˜® Iberet Folic, on the other hand, is a multivitamin with 800 mcg of folic. Personally, I take Iberet Folic because aside from the fact that it was recommended by my OB, it contains just the right amount of folic acid (plus other vitamins like iron, calcium, vitamins B 3, B2, B6, and B12). I think 5000 mcg of pure folic is way too much, considering that I only need 800 mcg max. There are varying opinions whether you could or could not take too much folic. Some say you could not, since it is water-soluble and you body will just flush out the excess. Other articles, on the other hand, say one should not take more than 1,000 mcg of folic acid a day, unless specifically instructed by the doctor, as too much folic can hide signs of vitamin B12 deficiency and this can cause nerve damage. At any rate, my decision is to stick to the safer, albeit a little more expensive, Iberet Folic. 

How about you, mamas? No matter which brand you choose, as long as we’re getting enough folic acid, we and our babies will be fine. It’s better to have more than enough than none at all. šŸ˜Š




3 comments

  1. Hi, wala po bang brand na may 400 mcg lang?

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    1. Hello! :) From my scan locally, it seems like there's no brand with only 400 mcg of pure folic. :(

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