Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Folic Acid and Iron Make Baby Smart

Folic Acid and Iron - According to a study conducted in Nepal, said that Folad acid and iron are very important for pregnant women, because with the two substances, not only prevent the baby from the defects of the spine, but also able to make your baby become more healthy and smart.

Folic Acid and Iron Make Baby Smart

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says iron supplements and folic acid are consumed before and during pregnancy makes babies born to have intelligence and better motor skills than infants whose mothers did not consume prenatal supplements.

Research conducted in double-blind and randomized to 676 children who attended medical history until the age of 7 and 9 years. Son of a group of mothers who received prenatal supplements of folic acid and iron showed higher cognitive abilities. They also scored higher on motor skills and reveal the reason, when compared with children from the control group whose mothers did not receive supplementation.

Laura Murray-Kolb, researchers, reveals the adequacy of iron during pregnancy will affect neurotransmitters in the brain that affect the speed of information processing. While folic acid will accelerate the replication of cells during pregnancy and reduce the occurrence of neural tube defects or failure of the neural tube to close completely.

Anemia is still a prominent health problem especially in developing countries like Indonesia. The disease is characterized low levels of hemoglobin (Hb) in blood.

Hemoglobin is a protein pigment that gives color to the blood and the duty to bring oxygen to the lungs and then distributed to all tissues and organs of the body to burn that produces energy.

Folate deficiency in pregnant women increases the risk of maternal anemia so easily tired, tired, listless, and pale. The need folic acid for pregnant and child-bearing age as much as 400 micrograms per day. Foods rich in folic acid include broccoli, oranges, spinach, bread, and milk


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