“A deficiency in vitamin D on the mother’s side could explain why autism spectrum disorder is three times more common in boys, say researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
Autism spectrum disorders encompass a broad range of conditions characterized by few social skills, repetitive behavior, challenges in speech development, and nonverbal communication disabilities. Examples include Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome.
In recent years research has increasingly been showing that micronutrients can prevent and control autism disorders. Taking multivitamins during pregnancy is linked to a lower risk of autism in children, for example, while omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements have been shown to improve symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in toddlers born very preterm (more than 11 weeks early).
Other research has linked autism to zinc deficiency in childhood. A lack of vitamin D is also known to be common in autistic children. Supplementation with vitamin D can sometimes bring about remarkable improvement in the condition.
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