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Folate May Mitigate Pesticide-Related Autism

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  • Pesticides appear to be a contributing factor in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A dysfunctional gut microbiome is suspected of being part of the problem in ASD, and glyphosate disrupts the gut microbiome
  • Low folate (vitamin B9) has also been shown to play a role in neurological disorders. Folate is naturally produced by gut microbes, and since glyphosate disrupts the gut microbiome, it may well lead to a decreased ability to produce folate, thereby inducing folate deficiency
  • Research shows taking the recommended 800 mcg of folic acid at the time of conception helps lower your child’s risk of pesticide-related autism. However, folic acid is a poor substitute for natural folate; better alternatives are discussed

By Dr. Mercola

In the 1980s, the incidence of autism was 1 in 10,000. As of 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children between the ages of 6 and 17 was 1 in 50. It's highly unlikely that the stratospheric rise in ASD could be traced back to a single culprit.

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