Folic Acid: A"Family Values" Vitamin
Preventing Birth Defects
Getting a Pre-pregnancy Exam
Becoming More Aware
Getting the Recommended Amounts
Daily Intake of Folate
|Age||Micrograms (mcg) per day|
|0-6 months||65 mcg|
|7-12 months||80 mcg|
|1-3 years||150 mcg|
|4-8 years||200 mcg|
|9-13 years||300 mcg|
|14 years and older||400 mcg|
|Pregnant women||600 mcg|
|Nursing women||500 mcg|
Upper Limits of Folate
|Age||Micrograms (mcg) per day|
|1-3 years||300 mcg|
|4-8 years||400 mcg|
|9-13 years||600 mcg|
|14-18 years||800 mcg|
|Pregnant or nursing women up to 18 years||800 mcg|
|19 years or older||1000 mcg|
|Pregnant or nursing women 19 years and older||1000 mcg|
Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/
March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.com/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 04/2011 -
- Update Date: 04/12/2011 -
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