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Mom’s multi-vitamin mineral improves child cognition

In this large, long-term study, 31,290 Indonesian mothers took a prenatal multi-vitamin mineral or an iron and folic acid supplement from conception through birth. Doctors followed up with 2,879 of the children who were attending school at ages 9 through 12.

Children whose mothers had taken the multivitamin mineral had higher scores in general intellectual ability, comparable to one more year of schooling compared to kids whose moms had not taken the multi-vitamin mineral. Children of the multi-vitamin mineral moms were also better able to learn new skills such as typing, reading, math, speaking and understanding language, learning sequences, rules, and categories.

 

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