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12 July 2011

Folic acid may make teens smarter

Teens who have high levels of folic acid appear to do better in school than those with lower levels, researchers report.

Teens who have high levels of folic acid appear to do better in school than those with lower levels, Swedish researchers report.

Teens often have high levels of the blood protein homocysteine, an amino acid linked to heart disease, and low levels of folic acid. In previous studies, folic acid levels have been linked to mental ability; however, until now this had not been linked with improved school performance, the study authors said.

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