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2. The amount of folic acid a healthy person needs

The recommended folic acid intake varies according to age and sex. The chief concern is to ensure that women in their childbearing years get sufficient amounts of the vitamin. Medical opinion urges everyone over the age of 14 to get at least 400 mcg daily through their food supply. Women who are hoping to have children should double this dosage with the extra amount taken in the form of a supplement. They must continue the double dosage while pregnant and if they later decide to nurse the baby.

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