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Taking Prenatal Vitamins Early In Pregnancy Associated With Lower Risk Of Autism


Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of autism in children who are at high risk of the disorder, says a new study published in the JAMA Psychiatry journal.


Towards an effective means of preventing autism, the JAMA Psychiatry study reported on in this news story essentially supports the findings of previous research published in the British Medical Journal in 2017, which similarly showed that taking multivitamins in pregnancy may be linked to a lower risk of autism in children.

Evidence that autism can be caused by micronutrient deficiency can be seen in other research suggesting that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is associated with the development of autism-related traits in children. Autism has similarly been linked to zinc deficiency during childhood.

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. Significantly, therefore, research shows micronutrients can be helpful in treating ADHD. You can learn about treating ADHD naturally with micronutrients in this article on our website.

To learn about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy, we recommend reading parts one and two of the special pregnancy feature article on our website.

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