WASHINGTON -- Women who might become pregnant need 400 micrograms of folic acid per day to reduce their risk of having a child with neural tube defects, according to the latest report on Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) from the Institute of Medicine. The report -- the second in a new series by American and Canadian scientists -- provides Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and other dietary reference values for B vitamins, of which folate is one, and choline. It says that all adult men and women need 400 micrograms of folate in their diet -- a level that many in the United States have not met, according to surveys completed before January of this year, when many foods began to be fortified with folic acid, a synthetic form of folate. But it emphasized the special needs of childbearing women.
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