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Vol. 59, No. 1, 2011
Issue release date: November 2011
Section title: Paper
Ann Nutr Metab 2011;59:32–37
(DOI:10.1159/000332073)

Folate Recommendations for Pregnancy, Lactation, and Infancy

Lamers Y.
Food, Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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Published online: 11/25/2011

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 1
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ISSN: 0250-6807 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9697 (Online)

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Abstract

An adequate intake of folate during pregnancy, lactation, and infancy is essential for maternal and child health and normal growth. Higher folate requirements during pregnancy and lactation are difficult to meet by increased intake of folate-rich food products only. Supplementation with folic acid is recommended not only to meet the higher requirements but also to prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes such as neural tube defects (NTDs). In countries that have implemented food fortification with folic acid, the folate intake has raised but does not yet meet the recommended amount for NTD risk reduction. Women’s awareness of the need to supplement with folic acid prior to conception shall be raised in all countries. It is under debate whether a high folic acid intake might have metabolic and functional effects in utero and for the infant. Research is needed to investigate potential alternative folate forms for food fortification programs and to test their efficacy in risk reduction of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Breast-fed infants most likely receive sufficient folate. While the folate level of human milk is simulated in infant formula, data are lacking on the bioavailability and effect of folic acid in infants and on whether a tolerable upper intake level should be defined.


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First-Page Preview
Abstract of Paper

Published online: 11/25/2011

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 0250-6807 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9697 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ANM


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