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Can vitamin B supplements prevent mental illness in the womb?

| | October 25, 2016

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.

The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind…but what about a child’s future mental health?

…some psychiatrists now are thinking about how to shift their treatment-centric discipline toward one that also deals in early prevention.

In 2013, University of Colorado psychiatrist Robert Freedman and colleagues recruited 100 healthy, pregnant women from greater Denver to study whether giving the B vitamin choline during pregnancy would enhance brain growth in the developing fetus.

The results published in 2013 in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Freedman’s group show… that choline might steer the infant brain away from a developmental course that predicted mental health problems.

“… now that the children in our study are over 4 years old, we can see that those given the supplement appear to be on a different developmental track, one with fewer mental problems,” Freedman said.

Despite incomplete data on choline supplementation, Freedman’s research colleague Dr. Camille Hoffman-Shuler, an obstetrician, sees it as a promising intervention that should continue to be explored.

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