Nutrition for the Brain: Folate (Vitamin B9)

brain nutrition folate vitamin b9Folate is important for healthy brain function as outlined in Dr. Robert Melillo’s book “The Disconnected Kids The Nutrition Plan.” This series, “Nutrition for the Brain,” will explore the nutrients that are most important to brain development and childhood health.


Folate, also known as Folic Acid or Vitamin B9, is crucial to proper brain function. It aids in the production of the body’s genetic material and is particularly important during the rapid growth periods of infancy, childhood, and adolescence.  It also supports emotional health and mental well-being.


Along with vitamins B6 and B12, folate helps reduce homocysteine levels, which are implicated in functional disconnection syndrome and autism. Studies show that behavioral and emotional symptoms escalate in children who have low folate levels. About 25 percent of people with autism have difficulty absorbing folate, so 500 to 1,000 msg of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate is recommended – under the care of a physician.


Since B vitamins like Vitamin B3 are water-soluble and not stored in the body, it’s important to get adequate amounts daily through food. Folate can be found in a wide variety of foods, including the following clean eating approved foods:

  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower Seeds

More information on Folate can be found on page 101 of my book “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan.”


Vitamin B9 Folate Dr. Robert Melillo



Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of The Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.

Disclaimer: The information presented on this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment of specific medical conditions. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you and your family.

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