Vitamins offer autism hope
TAKING multivitamins in early pregnancy may halve the risk of children developing autism, research suggests.
Data for 273,107 mothers and their children living in Stockholm were examined by teams from universities and hospitals in Bristol, Philadelphia and Sweden.
The children were born between 1996 and 2007 and their mothers’ use of folic acid, iron, and multivitamin supplements were recorded at their first antenatal visits.
After adjusting for factors that might influence the findings, researchers found that women who took multivitamins, with or without additional iron or folic acid, had a lower chance of their child developing autism compared with those who took none.