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Research Links Greater Gestational Vitamin D In Blood With Reduced Childhood Behavioral Issues


“Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy could have negative child health outcomes, according to research published in The Journal of Nutrition.”


Studies show that childhood behavior is strongly influenced by nutrition and diet.

Researchers have found that supplementing low birth-weight babies with iron may help prevent behavioral problems at school age, for example. Low levels of iron and vitamin B12 are linked to behavior problems in young boys.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also known to be important. Research published in 2018 found that omega-3 supplements may help calm aggressive behavior in children.

It has also been shown that vitamin D deficiency in middle childhood could result in aggressive behavior, as well as anxious and depressive moods during adolescence. Women who take paracetamol (acetaminophen) while pregnant have similarly been shown to have a higher risk of having children with behavior problems.

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