Study: Folic acid may reduce the risk of autism

Posted at 10:25 PM, Feb 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-12 22:25:37-05

A large new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at 85,000 children in Norway. Researchers found mothers who took folic acid supplements before they conceived and during the first two months of their pregnancy lowered their chances of having a child with autism 39 percent.

Folic acid is already known to reduce the risk of brain and spine birth defects like spina bifida.