Taking Folic Acid, known as vitamin B9, before you conceive and throughout pregnancy has long been recommended by medical experts because it has been shown to drastically decrease the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida and anencephaly. Mothers can get this important vitamin naturally by eating whole grains, leafy greens, citrus fruits, and some legumes. In fact, it’s so important that by 1998 the United States government mandated the vitamin be added to more foods, including nearly all breads, cereal, pasta, rice, and flour. And now even more encouraging news: a group of researchers led by Dr. Joshua Roffman of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry believes folic acid can protect children from another dangerous threat, mental illness.
According to a report Roffman and his team published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry earlier this week, researchers examined three different sets of MRI scans, all of children between the ages of 8 and 18. The first was a set of 291 scans of…
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