Nutrition from whole foods are important for good health, not just a few vitamins or minerals. Folic Acid is getting more attention because of its importance to protecting growing baby. Dr. Bill Sears, a well-known pediatrician, recommends Juice Plus+® in addition to prenatal vitamins for this reason. Here's more on Folic Acic from the AP --
Baby-protecting folic acid is getting renewed attention: Not only does it fight spina bifida and some related abnormalities, new research shows it also may prevent premature birth and heart defects.
Now pregnancy specialists are asking if it's time for the government to boost the amount being added to certain foods to help ensure mothers-to-be get enough. But for older adults, there may be a down side to the nutrient: Extra-high levels late in life just might pose a cancer risk.
"Folate is assuming the role of a chameleon, if you will," says Dr. Joel Mason of Tufts University's nutrition research center, who is researching that possible risk.
Folic acid is an artificial version of folate, a B vitamin found in leafy green vegetables, citrus fruit and dried beans. Everyone needs regular folate because it's important for healthy cell growth yet the body doesn't store up enough of it. ( Reference... )
Comments: The bottom line is a healthy diet is important for the prevention of sickness and disease, proper development, and a healthy body. Fruit and vegetable nutrients are the foundation for a healthy diet.