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Hopeful DADS should also be taking FOLIC ACID ahead of pregnancy

It’s not just women who should be taking folic acid if they are trying to conceive.

New research suggests that hopeful fathers who take folic acid ahead of conception have healthier babies.

Dads-to-be should also be taking folic acid ahead of pregnancy, new research suggests

New research suggests men should folic acid ahead of pregnancy

Medical professionals advise women should take 400 micrograms a day of folic acid if they trying for a baby, as the supplement has been found to help stop babies developing birth defects, such a spinal bifida.

Now a new study has found that babies also benefit if their fathers also consume folic acid ahead of conception.

Dads-to-be should also be taking folic acid ahead of pregnancy, new research suggests

Researchers at Harvard Medical School in the U.S. and Navarra University in Spain, looked into the diets of 108 couples undergoing IVF treatment.

Experts found that a woman’s folate levels did not affect the length of her pregnancy but in men, higher levels of folate were linked to the baby spending longer in the womb.

Dads-to-be should also be taking folic acid ahead of pregnancy, new research suggests

Meanwhile, other research, which was published in Human Reproduction, analysed 97 healthy men of varying ages, some of whom were asked to digest folic acid.

The data shows that there is a significant link between daily folate intake and the frequency of abnormal numbers of chromosomes in sperm.

And another study found that when men take folic acid supplements it helps to boost their sperm count by 74%.

Dads-to-be should also be taking folic acid ahead of pregnancy, new research suggests

The World Health Organisation recommends that pregnant women require additional iron and folic acid to meet their own nutritional needs as well as those of the developing foetus.

“Deficiencies in iron and folic acid during pregnancy can potentially negatively impact the health of the mother, her pregnancy, as well as foetal development,” a statement on their website reads.

“Evidence has shown that the use of iron and folic acid supplements is associated with a reduced risk of iron deficiency and anaemia in pregnant women.”

Foods High In Folic Acid

Dads-to-be should also be taking folic acid ahead of pregnancy, new research suggests

  • Lentils
  • Avocado
  • Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, collard or turnip greens, okra, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus
  • Citrus fruit and juice
  • Kidney greens
  • Pinto beans
  • Black beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsley
  • Celery
  • Bok choy
  • Cabbage
  • Quinoa

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