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The Importance of Folic Acid

Pregnancy is not an illness, it is part of normal physiology, however when it comes to pregnancy diet is more important than ever. In particular folic acid in the diet, which is a common vitamin but if deficient can cause spinal chord problems, Anaemia and has now been linked with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A recent study of 85,000 Norwegian children has shown that by increasing folic acid prior to conception and taking a higher than normal intake for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy produces a 40% less chance of Autism. The results of this study appeared in the American Medical Association.

The recommended daily dose of folic acid is 400micrograms. It is high in sprouts, asparagus, peas, broccoli, oranges and bananas.

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