Study Links Folic Acid to Improved Speech In Children

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Norway study shows improved speech in younger children due to mothers taking Folic Acid during pregnancy.

A recent study in Norway conducted on thousands of mothers points to a link between talkative children and moms who took Folic Acid as a supplement during pregnancy.

Folic acid (also known as Folate or Vitamin B9) is a common vitamin in prenatal supplements that many mothers take during pregnancy. Folic Acid has been known to prevent things such as spina bifida and anencephaly (a brain malformation condition) in the fetus and doctors will normally suggest mothers take a vitamin supplement that contains this vital nutrient.

The Norway study shows that, in addition to the benefits Folic Acid has for the unborn child, the vitamin may also positively affect children’s speech and talking abilities early in life. Kids who had mothers that took Folic Acid supplements during pregnancy were 55% more likely to have better talking skills than those whose mothers did not take the supplement!

Is it possible your very chatty talkative child is the result of your taking vitamins during pregnancy? It very well may be so!

There was no clear indication of how much Folic Acid a mother would need to take during pregnancy in order to improve speech in children but it is best to abide by guidelines set by most health practioners who recommend 400 mcg of folic acid every day.

Also, if you are looking for natural sources of Folic Acid to include in your diet, there are many vegetables and fruits that contain loads of the vitamin. Those include asparagus, broccoli, spinach, collard greens and most citrus fruits.

Yet another great reason to take your vitamins. And in this case, an even better reason for soon-to-be mothers to take their prenatal vitamins too!

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