“ Brand: Asda / TYpe: Folic Acid „
It is recommended by the Government's Chief Medical Officer (it says this on the pill pot) to take a Folic Acid supplement at least 3 months before and until the 12th week of pregnancy, According to the NHS website "Folic acid is important for pregnancy as it can help prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects, such as spina bifida."
I bought this packet of Asda's Folic Acid tablets just before I came off the contraceptive pill and started taking them straight away, in anticipation of possible pregnancy. I was lucky (and surprised) in that I got pregnant in the second cycle. I was unlucky in that I miscarried just before the 12 week scan.
When I discovered I was pregnant I did stop taking these Asda Folic Acid tablets and started taking a dedicated pregnancy supplement just to make sure I was getting everything I needed.
Now that I've lost the baby I have gone back to just taking these Asda Folic Acid tablets (rather than more expensive pregnancy multivitamins - which I will no doubt return to when pregnant again) as they are cheap, and mean I'm getting the Folic Acid I need for future pregnancies and future (and hopefully viable) baby mooselings!
---The packaging, ingredients and other stuff---
These come in a white and yellow pot which is smaller than my multivitamin pots. Under the lid there was a bit of foil to keep them fresh before opening the pack (do not use if seal is broken). The expiry date on mine is January 2015, so they last for around 2 years from purchase, but I doubt they go off.
On the back it says that they contain no artificial colours or flavours, or preservatives, are gluten free, and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. They contain 400µg (micrograms) of Folic Acid which is 200% of the RDA. It does also say that you should consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or likely to become pregnant. However, this is what they recommend that pregnant women take!
For adults and children over 16 years of age (I wonder what pregnant under 16s take?!) it says to swallow one tablet daily with food. I have never taken them with food since I take pills at nighttime, and they have never caused me any problems. They contain Bulking Agents (Sorbitol, Maltodextrin), Maltodextrin (yes, this is repeated), Magnesium Stearate and Folic Acid.
The tablets are circular and a yellowy colour and fairly small (about 7mm across I'd estimate in the absence of a ruler - scrap that, I've just found a ruler and can confirm that they are 7mm!). They don't smell of much at all, and I can't say that I've ever accidentally tasted them which is a good thing (and I'm not about to start sucking one for review purposes!)
If you want a cheap and cheerful Folic Acid supplement, then I'd recommend these. Obviously you still need to continue to have a healthy and balanced diet which is essential when trying to conceive and during pregnancy. However, as said I will go back to a pregnancy multivitamin when I get my next positive pregnancy test.
It costs just £1 for the packet of 180 tablets.
5 out of 5 stars from me.
When we were trying to get pregnant I like most women started taking folic acid, all women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant are advised to take folic acid everyday to help prevent birth defects in the babies spine and brain and miscarriage.
I bought my folic acid in Asda just in my weekly shop, a tub costs £1.50 and it contains 180 little white tablets, I think this is very good value as a tub would last you about 6 months. Folic acid can be bought in many places such as chemists, supermarkets and I have even seen it in the likes of poundland. Whe taking folic acid the doseage is 400 mg (thats meant to be the funny m shape!) per day which is one of these tablets.
The tablets are packaged in a white and yellow plastic tub with a twist top lid, the lid is not childproof although it is quite hard to twist off. On first opening the lid there is a little foil covering the top so you can tell if the tablets have been tampered with at al,l, the foil has a slight tab on the side to make it easy to peel it back. The tub has the sign of Tommy's baby charity in the top corner showing that the tablets are supported by them. The tablets have no smell to them and they are white in colour, they have a smooth coating on them and make them very easy to swallow, the tablets don't have a taste so I did find it nicer to take them with a drink.
The ingredients as stated on the tub are,
Bulking Agents (Sorbitol, Maltodextrin) , Maltodextrin , Magnesium Stearate , Folic Acid
Folic acid has many other benefits such as,
Prevents heart disease and stroke by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure,
Increases the abilities in the brain and may prevent Alzheimer's disease,
Prevent breast cancer, anemia and leukemia,
Helps to produce normal red blood cells and helps the body absorb iron.
After pregnancy I have not continued with taking folic acid although I do still take a multivitamin which contains folic acid.
I would recommend these folic acid tablets as they a decent price, support Tommy's baby charity and are easy to swallow, I can't say whether these tablets prevented any birth defects but I have two healthy girls and I wouldn't like to take the chance by not taking them.