January 5th-11th, 2014 has been designated as National Folic Acid Awareness Week…but what is it and why does there need to be a week to create awareness? Folic acid is a B vitamin that our bodies use to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid but it is especially important for pregnant women and can help prevent major birth defects.

“Folic acid can prevent from 50% to 70% of some forms of serious birth defects of the brain and spine.”* Spina bifida is the most common birth defect that disables people for life. A simple step, taking folic acid, could be enough to prevent your child from developing this birth defect.

Help do your part and spread the word on the importance of folic acid.