Most women don't take recommended folic acid, study finds

January 14, 2008 2:01:40 PM PST
Women of childbearing age are advised to take folic acid. But new studies find most of them do not.

Experts say 400 micrograms of folic acid a day can prevent possible birth defects.

To provide the maximum benefit, women need to have adequate folate levels at the start of their pregnancies. But two studies done by the Centers for Disease Control done in the US and Puerto Rico found most women didn't take the supplement.

Usage levels were especially low among women between 18-and-24 years old.