Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk

But study finding is preliminary and doesn't prove the nutrient prevents the disorder

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In the United States and other countries many foods, such as breads and pasta, are fortified with folic acid to help prevent birth defects. But, it isn't clear yet how much folic acid might guard against autism, so a woman should discuss her options with her doctor, Halladay said.

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For more on autism, visit the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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