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Link Between Folic Acid And Teen School Performance

A new study published in the journal pediatrics says that teenagers who have higher levels of folic acid tend to do better in school. Dr. Vaughn Rickert, Director of Adolescent Medicine at Riley hospital at IU Health, says the study shows the relationship has to do with the intake of folic acid.

“What actually is going on remains somewhat of a mystery,” he said, “other than there is a connection.”

The study was conducted at the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Orebro University Hospital in Sweden. Researchers studied the folic acid levels in 386 15 year olds. They also took into account the teens‘ socioeconomic status and genetics.

Dr. Rickert says there is one caveat to the study and that is we do not know if adding folic acid to the diet of a student who is not doing well in school will help him improve. He says the study simply took into account the folic acid levels of the teenagers at the time.

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