Moms’ folic acid improves kids’ behavior

Researchers in one study began measuring blood folate levels in 100 mothers at the 14th week of pregnancy, and followed up on their children’s behavior for nine years. Kids whose moms had lower blood folate levels were more likely to be hyperactive and to have behavioral problems with peers. Moms who consumed an average of 466 mcg of folic acid per day had kids with larger head circumferences at birth than kids whose moms got an average of 413 mcg of folic acid per day, suggesting that folic acid influences brain development, doctors said.

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