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Low levels of FOLIC ACID (a B vitamin) has definitely been linked with causing cleft lip and palate. Cleft lip and/or cleft palate occurs in the developing fetus between the 4th and 8th week. After it happens, nothing can change it.
There is a new nationwide (U.S.) push to increase folic acid intake to prevent birth defects. Low folic acid levels cause other birth defects as well.
Claire Ross found the following recommendations in a short article on folic acid in Sesame Street Parents magazine (Feb. 97):
Starting January 1, 1998, most grain products, including brad, pasta, flour and rice, will be fortified with folic acid, a B vitamin that reduces the risk of spina bifida, . . [listing several others]. (because of a new FDA ruling)
Women of reproductive age are advised to consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily.
Foods naturally rich in folic acid include leafy dark green vegetables, citrus fruits and juices, kidney and lima beans, and liver.
It is important to also take a daily multivitamin-mineral pill containing at least .4 milligrams of folic acid.
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