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Nutrient Intake Values for Folate during Pregnancy and Lactation Vary Widely around the World
AbstractFolate is a B-vitamin with particular importance during reproduction due to its role in the synthesis and maintenance of DNA. Folate is well known for its role in preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) during the periconceptional period. There is also an increased need for folate throughout pregnancy to support optimal growth and development of the fetus and blood volume expansion and tissue growth of the mother. During lactation, women are at risk of folate deficiency due to increased demands to accommodate milk folate levels. Nutrient Intake Values (NIVs) for folate have been calculated to take into account additional needs during pregnancy and lactation. However, these values vary widely between countries. For example, the folate requirement that is set to meet the needs of almost all healthy women during pregnancy varies from 300 µg/day in the United Kingdom to 750 µg/day in Mexico. Currently, there is no accepted standardized terminology or framework for establishing NIVs. This article reviews country-specific NIVs for folate during pregnancy and lactation and the basis for setting these reference values.
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Stamm, R.A.; Houghton, L.A. Nutrient Intake Values for Folate during Pregnancy and Lactation Vary Widely around the World. Nutrients 2013, 5, 3920-3947.View more citation formats
Stamm RA, Houghton LA. Nutrient Intake Values for Folate during Pregnancy and Lactation Vary Widely around the World. Nutrients. 2013; 5(10):3920-3947.Chicago/Turabian Style
Stamm, Rosemary A.; Houghton, Lisa A. 2013. "Nutrient Intake Values for Folate during Pregnancy and Lactation Vary Widely around the World." Nutrients 5, no. 10: 3920-3947.