Folic Acid and Autism

Girls who take folic acid dietary supplements earlier than and after turning into pregnant have a diminished threat of getting a baby with autism, in accordance with a big latest observational examine from Norway within the Journal of the American Medical Affiliation.

Folic acid is the type of the B vitamin folate utilized in dietary supplements and fortified meals. The researchers discovered that ladies who took the dietary supplements (any dose) through the essential window from 4 weeks earlier than to eight weeks after conception have been 40 % much less prone to have youngsters with autism than non-takers.

To forestall neural tube delivery defects, ladies who could develop into pregnant have lengthy been suggested to devour 400 micrograms of folic acid a day (the quantity in most multivitamins), and in the event that they develop into pregnant, 600 to 800 micrograms (the quantity in prenatal nutritional vitamins) a day.

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