By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com
The increasing prevalence of autism has triggered growing concern about ways to prevent and treat this neurodevelopmental disorder. Now a new study conducted at the University of California Davis MIND Institute reports that folic acid could be good for autism when taken by women during the first month of pregnancy.
What is special about folic acid?
It’s been well established for decades that folic acid, which is the synthetic form of vitamin B9, or folate, significantly reduces the risk of neural tube birth defects when taken before and during pregnancy. More recently, studies have shown that supplementation with folic acid may improve intellectual and motor skills of children while low intake may contribute to emotional problems.