It’s widely known that folic acid - the synthetic form of the B-vitamin folate - is extremely beneficial for unborn babies…
But a recent study conducted by the University of California links folic-acid deficiency during pregnancy to neurological disorders such as autism and aspergers!
The study surveyed Moms of 429 preschoolers with an ‘autism spectrum’ disorder and 278 with regular brain development, on their nutrition during pregnancy.
Researchers discovered that - per their study sample - mothers with a greater folic acid intake - especially in the first trimester - were more likely to have children without an autism spectrum disease.
BUT, as with any scientific study, variables must be considered and replication is key.
Doctor Fernando Scaglia, who studies autism and its connection to folic acid at Baylor College of Medicine, has said of the recent research:
"I would be very careful… I think that more studies need to be done to see if this can be replicated."
So ladies, while solid evidence has yet to prove a direct connection to folic acid deficiency during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders…
It’s safe to say you should probably imbibe the current daily recommendation, and all will be well!
Check out the folic-rich food spread (above)!
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