A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience has linked autism to zinc deficiency in childhood.
Micronutrient deficiency is seen almost universally in autistic children. Studies show that a lack of vitamin D is particularly common, and that supplementation with this nutrient can bring about remarkable improvement. In autistic toddlers who were born very preterm, omega fatty acid supplements have also been shown to be helpful.
For prevention of autism, research has found that children of mothers who take multivitamins during pregnancy may have a reduced risk of developing the condition.
There is considerable overlap between the symptoms of autism and those of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Most children with autism exhibit symptoms of ADHD, for example. As with autism, therefore, research shows micronutrients can be helpful in treating ADHD. To learn more about treating ADHD naturally with micronutrients, read this article by Mirja Holtrop.