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Too much folic acid, B12 harmful during pregnancy

Posted by Hugh on December 16, 2017, at 15:13:06

Researchers [at Johns Hopkins University] found that if a new mother has a very high level of folate right after giving birth -- more than four times what is considered adequate -- the risk that her child will develop a condition on the autism spectrum doubles. Very high vitamin B12 levels in new moms are also potentially harmful, tripling the risk that her offspring will develop an autism spectrum disorder. If both levels are extremely high, the risk that a child develops the condition increases 17.6 times.

Complete article:

It's important that pregnant women take folic acid during pregnancy, as it helps to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. But Dr. Tod Cooperman says that pregnant women should take no more than 400 mcg of folic acid per day, and most prenatal vitamins contain 800 mcg.

Cooperman believes that pregnant women are better off taking a regular multivitamin that contains 150 mcg of iodine, 27 mg of iron, and no more than 400 mcg of folic acid, and then taking a separate choline supplement (phosphatidylcholine is best).

Dr. Cooperman's talk on prenatal vitamins:




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