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Autism linked to overdose of folate, vitamin B12 during pregnancy

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Medics have long told pregnant women to get enough of the nutrient folate to ensure proper brain development in their babies. But a new research suggests that there can be too much of a good thing.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say women who have too much folic acid and vitamin B-12 may increase their baby’s risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, a condition marked by difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction problems.

Senior study author Dr Daniele Fallin, director of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School’s Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, said: “Adequate supplementation is protective: that’s still the story with folic acid.

“We have long known that a folate deficiency in pregnant mothers is detrimental to her child’s development. But what this tells us is that excessive amounts may also cause harm. We must aim for optimal levels of this important nutrient.”

Despite the findings, the researchers say pregnant women should not stop taking folic acid supplements. But mothers should be careful not to overdose on folate and B12.


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2 Responses to " Autism linked to overdose of folate, vitamin B12 during pregnancy "

  1. Lone Ranger says:

    My vote is still on vaccines, the organic mercury compaund(Timerosal) and aluminum are killing the braincells and the biological agents can cause a cascade immune reaction called a citokin storm wich also damages the brain, in the 50’s the rate of autism was 1 of every 150.000 child no its 1 in 70, you do the math, U.S. has the highest rate of autism and the U.S. uses the most vaccines on children, in Germany there are around 5 vaccines that are semi mandatory in the U.S. its around 50 now till you get 18.

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  2. skreamer says:

    Ever single case of cot death happens within a week of the child being immunized! Most the time they die the very next day!
    My neighbors son is retarded because of vaccination!
    Why would people believe that you need to be injected to be healthy! They use fear to make people vaccinate!
    Population control!
    Dont take vitamins….take Spiralina! Has every vitamin know to man except vitamin C, was the first food on earth, any pregnant person/animal that consumes Spiralina while pregnant has superior healthy children and have unusually intelligent offspring!
    Vitamin supplements are mostly a scam!

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