Extra Folic Acid may Reduce Risk of Autism

Doctors prescribed folic acid to pregnant women. Folic acid helps protect the unborn child, this is nothing new. However, the latest news is EXTRA folic acid may reduce risk of autism.

A Norway research team led by Dr Pal Suren from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health from Osio claimed that women who took extra folic acid in the weeks before or just after pregnancy were less likely to have a child with autism.

Why? Because the lack of folic acid (also known bas Vitamin B9) has been tied to brain and spinal cord birth defects, groups, including the United States Preventive Service Task Force are calling women who are planning to or could become pregnant to take 400-800 micrograms of folic acid daily. Researcher said the effects of folic acid on genes and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) repair could explain its role in brain development discounters in growing babies, including autism.

In recent years, more cases of autism is reported. It is not known if such symptoms among children has risen or more doctors have learned to recognized and diagnose autism. Autism is known as a complex developmental disability.People with autism have issues with non-verbal communication, a wide range of social interactions, and activities that include an element of play and/or banter.

Eating healthily – and that includes consumption of required vitamins – is important to all parents. Do not get overly paranoid about taking more medicine or food during this period where your body is making a huge adjustment to nurture another breathing being withing you.

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