According to a study done in Israel, mothers who supplement with a Multivitamin and Folic Acid, both before and during their pregnancy, reduce their child’s risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Researchers studied Israeli children born between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2007. Participants were followed up from birth to January 26, 2015 to determine the risk of ASD. A random sample of 33% of all live-born children were chosen, this group contained cases of all children diagnosed with ASD and a control group. The mother’s supplement use was classified for Folic acid, Multivitamin Supplements containing Vitamins A,B,C and D and and a combination of the two groups. Additionally the intervals for supplementation (before and during pregnancy) were noted.
A statistically significant reduction in the likelihood of ASD was seen in women who supplemented with Folic Acid and/or a Multivitamin Supplement before pregnancy when compared with women who did not supplement either before or during pregnancy. This is consistent with other studies which showed maternal Folic Acid supplementation 4 weeks prior to conception and 8 weeks into the pregnancy had a reduction in the risk of offspring with ASD.
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) is well known for its benefits in the reduction of neural tube defects, like spina bifida in newborns, in addition to its support for reductions in developmental problems like placental abnormalities and heart defects. Also a mother’s Folic Acid level during pregnancy has been associated with cognitive functioning in their offspring.
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