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Folate is the common name for folic acid and related compounds which together make up one of the B group of vitamins necessary for healthy growth and development.

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Folate and pregnancy

Trusted information on folate and folic acid in pregnancy including what it is, higher dose folic acid, folate in your diet, plus links to trusted resources.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Folic acid (Folate)

Folate is a B group vitamin that helps prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Folic acid is changed into folate in the body.

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Reminder about folate during pregnancy

Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley has reminded women about the importance of taking folate and folic acid when planning a pregnancy.

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Folate: crucial for women under 50 Dietitians Association of Australia

Folate: crucial for women under 50 Folate is a B-group vitamin which is especially important for women of childbearing age

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Vitamin B12 and folate - Lab Tests Online AU

Why and when to get tested for vitamin B12 and folate

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Vitamins B6, B9 (Folate), B12 - BluePages

Find out if Vitamins B6, B9 (Folate), B12 are likely to help.

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Neural tube defect

Trusted information on neural tube defects including what the neural tube is, dealing with the results, prevention, plus links to trusted resources.

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Vitamin B12 and folate deficiency - Lab Tests Online AU

B12 and folate are B complex vitamins that are necessary for normal red blood cell formation, tissue and cellular repair, and DNA synthesis. A B12 and/or folate deficiency reflects a chronic shortage of one or both of these vitamins. Since the body stores from three to five years' worth of B12 and several months supply of folate in the liver, deficiencies and their associated symptoms can take months or years to manifest in adults. Infants and children show signs of deficiency more rapidly, however, as they have not yet built up extensive reserves.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Watching what you eat before pregnancy

When you're thinking about having a baby, it's really important to eat healthy food, to include lots of foods that are folate-rich and to start taking a folic acid supplement at least one month before becoming pregnant.

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