Folic acid may reduce the risk of autism in offspring

According to a recent study conducted by UC Davis MIND Institute, pregnant women who consume the recommended daily value of folic acid, or vitamin B-9, may reduce the risk of having a child with autism. Science Daily reports researchers discovered this to be the case when women consumed the recommended dosage during the first month of pregnancy.

The source states the study was inspired by previous research that showed women who took prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy could reduce this risk. UC Davis researchers wanted to see if it was the folic acid in these vitamins that was creating the effect. The study determined consuming supplemental folic acid before and during early pregnancy had the potential to prevent up to 70 percent of neural tube defects, explains the resource.

“What’s reassuring here is knowing that, by taking specific action in terms of their intake of folic acid from food or supplements, women can reduce the risk of autism spectrum disorder in their future children,” senior study author Irva Hertz-Picciotto said.

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