Folate intake linked to academic performance

HIGHER folate intake has been linked, for the first time, to better academic performance in adolescents, independent of socioeconomic status and homocysteine levels.

Researchers in Sweden took blood samples from 386 adolescents aged 15 years and gave them a questionnaire to enable assessment of health-related lifestyle activities and their parents’ education levels.

The teenagers’ folate intake was estimated from dietary assessment, and their final semester academic grades from the final year of compulsory schooling