We try our best to give our bodies what they need--healthy food, fresh air, plenty of exercise. Sometimes we even go the extra mile by taking vitamins to keep everything in perfect harmony.
But there can be too much of a "good" thing. Taking too many folate supplements may double the chances of a mother's child developing autism, finds a new study from Johns Hopkins University.
What's more, researchers report that taking vitamin B12 could TRIPLE the likelihood of autism.
Doctors typically recommend women take folic acid during early pregnancy to reduce the risk of debilitating or fatal birth defects.
Adequate supplementation is still SUPER important for expecting mothers, doctors note. Just be sure that you're taking the exact amount recommended by your doctor.
"We have long known that a folate deficiency in pregnant mothers is detrimental to her child's development," says study authors Dr. Daniele Fallin and Wendy Klag. "But what this tells us is that excessive amounts may also cause harm. We must aim for optimal levels."
Why women may have more folic acid in their system may vary. Folic-rich goods, such as citrusy fruit, and genetics may cause an excessive production of the nutrient.
Autism is a condition that impairs an individual's ability to communicate and interact socially. Both genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role. Autism is also associated with having a wide range of severity.
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