Thrive Offers New Folic Acid Pills To Add To Folate-Rich Foods In The Pregnancy Diet
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 28, 2014 ) Little Rock, AR -- Folic acid, which is also known as folate, is a very crucial nutrient during pregnancy. This vitamin plays a very important role in preventing neural tube defects, as well as facial defects and congenital heart defects in the developing baby.
The best way for pregnant women and those planning to get pregnant to guarantee that they are getting enough folic acid every day is by taking Folic acid pills that contain 400 micrograms to 800 micrograms of Folic acid, and to eat a well-balanced diet that includes folate-dense foods.
"One of the best things you can do to ensure a healthy baby is to make sure you are eating a healthy diet, with plenty of folate-rich foods, before you get pregnant," says Bethany Thayer, M.S., R.D., director of wellness programs and strategies at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
Cooked lentils are considered one of the most folate-dense foods, containing about 180 mcg of folate in a half cup serving which is almost 50 percent of the RDI. Other vital pregnancy nutrients found in lentils include iron, fiber, and slow-burning carbs which help to curb hunger and also to control blood sugar.
Dark leafy green vegetables have high amounts of folate as well. Spinach has the highest concentration of folate among the leafy greens, with about 100 mcg of folate in just one half cup of cooked spinach. Cooked kale, collard greens, and other leafy veggies contain from 50 mcg to about 90 mcg of folate per one half cup serving.
A cup of sliced avocados contain an amazing 90 mcg of folate. It's also packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat that is good for mom's heart and the baby's developing brain.
A one cup serving of the cruciferous veggie, broccoli, gives almost 104 mcg of folate, which is about one-fourth of the daily requirement. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, and some amounts of calcium and iron, making it not just folate-dense but also a nutrient-dense superfood.
Breads and cereals made from folic acid enriched grains contain double the amount of folic acid compared to foods made from non-fortified grains. A slice of enriched wheat bread, for example, provides 60 mcg of folic acid, and a cup of enriched whole wheat spaghetti can provide 100 mcg of folic acid.
Although folate-dense foods can provide a substantial amount of the daily folic acid requirement for most women, the U. S. Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend that all women who are capable of getting pregnant take folic acid pills alongside a well-balanced diet to make certain that they are getting at least 400 mcg up to 800 mcg of folic acid daily.
"The body is able to absorb 100 percent of folic acid in supplement forms, and only absorbs 50 percent of folate from foods," explains Darla Bush, director of product formulation and Vice President at Thrive Plus. "Taking folic acid pills can absolutely augment whatever folate is provided from food sources."
Thrive+ prenatal vitamins can provide the recommended daily allowance for folic acid, iron and calcium, as well as other important vitamins and minerals that are needed during the critical period of pregnancy. Thrive+ is also gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, yeast-free and easy to digest. Thrive+ does not contain artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or additives. Thrive is now offered thru Amazon.com and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee for full satisfaction.
About Thrive Plus
The Thrive Plus company, makers of Thrive prenatal vitamins, is dedicated to helping mommies and babies become healthy and stay healthy and thriving. Thrive Plus focuses on the wellness of both woman and child before, during and after pregnancy. With that goal in mind, Thrive Plus aspires to provide only the best resources to help women make great choices concerning her health and that of her baby's.
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