Mostafa I. Waly1,2*
1Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman.2Department of Nutrition, High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Egypt
*Corresponding Author: Dr. Mostafa Waly. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elevated levels of homocysteine have been linked with autism. Despite evidence that folic acid supplementation reduces the homocysteine level. There is a need for clinical trials to specifically study the role of folic acid in the primary and secondary prevention of autism. Sporadic evidence from childhood practices that there is a benefit for folic acid supplementation for autistic children and those patients are encouraged to take folic acid as a medication. Meta-analysis studies are needed to study the cause-specific effect of folic acid deficiency and/or hyperhomocysteinemia on the autism incidence.
Waly MI. Should children with autism continue taking folic acid? Canad J Clin Nutr 2013; 1(1): 74.