Lack of folic acid is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in the world, which is unnerving since it’s also the most vital supplement for optimal preconception health!
Now-a-days, it’s nearly impossible to say trying-to-conceive without folic acid completing your sentence. It is packed with amazing benefits for pre-pregnancy health, from reducing the risk of neural and spinal birth defects to supporting healthy bone formation. However, a new study confirms that folic acid may also help lower the risk of autism.
Read on to learn how this vitamin may decrease autism in your baby and when you should begin taking it.
What is Folic Acid?
Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps the body produce new blood, skin, hair, and nail cells. Our bodies need folate to create these new cells every day.
How Can Folic Acid Help Reduce the Risk of Autism?
A study published in the American Medical Association journal JAMA Psychology describes the relationship between folic acid intake and autism risks: “Maternal exposure to folic acid and/or multivitamin supplements before pregnancy (and/or during pregnancy) was statistically significantly associated with a lower likelihood of ASD in the offspring compared with the offspring of mothers without such exposure”.
When should I start taking it?
It is vital that women take folic acid beginning at least 1 month before they become pregnant. The CDC reports that, “women who take the recommended daily dose of folic acid starting at least one month before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy reduce their baby’s risk of neural tube defects by up to 70 percent.”
What vitamins should I take with folic acid when TTC?
We suggest taking PregPrep’s VitaPrep, a preconception vitamin formulated with 600 mcg of folic acid along with Vitamin D and B12, which help support normal fertility function. If you intend on taking more than one prenatal vitamin, do not exceed 1,000 mcg of folic acid per day.
VitaPrep Directions: Take one tablet daily and allow to dissolve fully on your tongue!