In addition to being the 2nd day in the #HAWMC challenge, April 2 is Word Autism Awareness Day. It is estimated that 1 of 50 school children is affected by this condition. The day is intended to raise awareness of this medical issue so that early intervention can be found for those suffering from autism. WegoHealth.com has an incredible section dedicated to this condition, including educational information and support for those who have been affected.
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that meeting recommendations for folic acid — at least 600 micrograms per day — in the first month of pregnancy was tied to a 38 percent lower chance of having a kid with autism or Asperger’s. The researchers surveyed California moms, and found that those whose children had autism recalled getting less folic acid through food and supplements early in their pregnancies than those whose kids didn’t develop the disorder.
Folic acid, and its natural form, folate is crucial to brain development and functioning. While this study was preliminary, and the link between folic acid and autism remains controversion, research findings are reassuring since some scientists have theorized that perhaps folic acid fortification in the U.S. was responsible for the increased prevalence of autism spectrum disorders.
To learn more about dealing with autism, check out WegoHealth.com’s autism page at http://autism.wegohealth.com/autism.html or read this wonderful article by Chantal Sicile-Kira, whose son was diagnosed with autism, in the Huffington Post.