New benefits found for folic acid

Women who take vitamins containing folic acid before and during pregnancy appear to significantly cut the risk that their infants will develop three common childhood cancers, Canadian researchers say.Folic acid is already known to diminish the chance that a child will be born with spina bifida or other neural tube defects, but it may also have powerful effects in preventing some cases of pediatric leukemia, brain tumours and neuroblastoma, the study by researchers at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children suggests.

“I think this is another piece of evidence that suggests that prenatal vitamins that include folic acid should be taken by women who plan to become pregnant,” said principal investigator Dr. Gideon Koren, director of the Motherisk Program at Sick Kids.



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