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A Welcome Letter from NCFA

Welcome to the Web site of the National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA). We are a partnership of over 60 organizations devoted to promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid.

Folic acid is a B-vitamin that helps build healthy cells. Research has proven that, if taken before and during early pregnancy from a multi-vitamin or fortified foods, folic acid can prevent up to 70% of some forms of birth defects called neural tube defects. Emerging research shows that it also helps prevent other birth defects such as cleft lip, cleft palate and some heart defects. It may also reduce the risk of breast, cervical and colon cancer and cardiovascular disease and may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

The members of NCFA work in a variety of ways to educate health care providers, policymakers and consumers about all these benefits of folic acid. Our Web site will link you to our members, highlighting their activities and programs and offering information about their available materials. The site also has information about NCFA’s committees and their projects, as well as information about legislation and advocacy efforts concerning folic acid.

We thank you for all that you do to further the NCFA mission - To improve health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid.

Connie S. Motter MS, CGC

Co-Chair

Norma J. Ryan, PhD, RN, CHES

Co-Chair


MISSION

To improve health by promoting the benefits and consumption of folic acid.