Study: Folic acid may help in healing brain injuries

June 30, 2010 2:16:54 PM PDT
Vitamin B and folic acid may help people with serious brain or spinal cord injuries.

Babies born to women who do not get enough folic acid are at high risk of developing spinal cord or brain defects. That's why doctors often encourage pregnant women to eat spinach, whole grains, orange juice and other foods high in folic acid.

But now, a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin- Madison found folic acid may also help healing in injured brains and spinal cords.

Folic acid appears to promote nerve cell regeneration following injuries.

The research appears in the "Journal Of Clinical Investigation."