Vitamin D Deficiency Link to Autism
Vitamin D is not a vitamin but a hormone and affects almost every organ in the body including brain. Can Vitamin D deficiency may play a role in causing Autism? The answer is yes.
In a breakthrough research, investigators from
Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute,
Low vitamin D explains why autistic patients have low levels of serotonin in the brain and high levels in the rest of the body. Low level of serotonin in the brain may explain some of the neuropsychiatric issues in these patients, while high levels of serotonin in the blood and rest of the body may explain some of the somatic symptoms especially gastrointestinal symptoms.
It is interesting to note that the dramatic rise in the incidence of autism coincides with the dramatic rise in the incidence of vitamin D deficiency in the last three decades.
It is important to check vitamin D level in every autistic patient. Vitamin D supplementation must be provided to those with low vitamin D level. The normal range of vitamin D is 30-100 ng/ml.
It is also important that vitamin D level should be checked in every pregnant woman. Vitamin D supplementation must be provided to those with low vitamin D level.
To learn more about vitamin D, please refer to "Power of Vitamin D."
This article was brought to my attention by my daughter, Zareeena Zaidi, who has keen interest in Vitamin D research articles. She came across this article during her Psychology course at UCSB. The original article was referenced in PSYBLOG http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/03/autism-vital-link-found-between-vitamin-d-and-serotonin-production.php.
To learn more about vitamin D, please refer to "Power of Vitamin D"
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