Folate supplementation throughout pregnancy boosts cognitive function at 8 years of age

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) shows that continuing to take folate supplements throughout pregnancy could be beneficial for children’s cognitive development.

Women who are planning a pregnancy are advised to take 400 microgram folic acid supplements daily for three months before conceiving and until the end of the first trimester of pregnancy to prevent neural tube disorders in the foetus. However, a new European study, a randomised controlled trial (RCT), has suggested that cognitive skills in 8-year olds could be positively influenced by folate supplements taken by their mothers from week 20 of pregnancy.

Should women, therefore, take additional folate throughout pregnancy?

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