Folic acid during pregnancy cuts risk of language delays in children

10/11/2011 | HealthDay News

Data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study revealed that only 0.4% of children whose mothers received folic acid supplements before or during pregnancy suffered from severe language delays at age 3, compared to 0.9% of those whose mothers had no supplements. Researchers are unsure how folic acid may prevent language problems, but it may be due to its effect on the nervous system, said lead author Christine Roth. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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