A new study published in February by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that taking folic acid may help reduce the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The study followed more than 85,000 children nationwide born between 2002 and 2008 and followed up with them in 2012. According to the study, the number of children born with autism was 40% lower in mom’s who took folic acid during pregnancy. 

The results of the study are encouraging, but they’re not a solution.  However, the benefit of women taking folic acid before and during their pregnancies is well documented.  We know taking folic acid during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects. It can also reduce stress and anxiety, help keep skin clear, and even give women better hair and nails. 

We just launched a new program called Power Me A 2 Z where women between the ages of 18 and 45 can get a free 90 day supply of multivitamins containing folic acid. To order the free vitamins, visit the website and answer a short and simple quiz about your Health IQ. It’s not just beneficial for pregnant women, but for all women. Visit this site today to learn more about the health benefits of folic acid as a part of a healthy lifestyle. 

If your child was diagnosed with autism and you need help, you can contact our Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs or your local school.  You can find information about early intervention and school based services at the Arizona Department of Education website.