• Mayo Clinic Minute: Does Folic Acid Prevent Childhood Obesity?

a green pill capsule that reads B9 Folic AcidHealth care professionals have known for decades that women of childbearing age should take folic acid, because it reduces a baby's risk of being born with the neural tube defect, spina bifida. New research shows there may be another good reason for mothers-to-be to take the mineral — it may prevent obesity in children.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses folic acid with Dr. Alva Roche Green, a Mayo Clinic family physician.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (:55) is in the downloads. Read the script.

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