Low Vitamin D in Pregnancy Increases Risk of Autism by 54%
As we continue to see the increase of autism in our population, you have to start thinking about ways to cut the risk of autism.
One of the ways to cut down the risk of autism is to have good vitamin D levels in your blood.
Normal vitamin D levels are 30 ng/ml but optimal is 40 ng/ml for brain health.
Low vitamin D levels in pregnancy are a risk factor for autism.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Vitamin D helps with brain development, new connections between brain cells, language, and motor development.
Clinical research has shown that low maternal vitamin D levels increase the risk of autism in the baby by 54% (1).
In fact, the administration of vitamin D has beneficial effects on behavior in children with autism, particularly if blood levels are higher than 40 ng/ml (2). Always consult with your physician trained in functional medicine for more information.
Most of the population is low in vitamin D due to being indoors most of the time and lacking vitamin D supplementation.
Vitamin D is affordable and available everywhere. In addition, having healthy blood levels can help brain development during pregnancy and can be a great tool to prevent or lower the risk of autism.
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(1):Wang, Z., Ding, R., & Wang, J. (2020). The association between vitamin D status and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrients, 13(1), 86.
(2): Saad, K., Abdel-Rahman, A. A., Elserogy, Y. M., Al-Atram, A. A., Cannell, J. J., Bjørklund, G., ... & Ali, A. M. (2016). Vitamin D status in autism spectrum disorders and the efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in autistic children. Nutritional Neuroscience, 19(8), 346-351.