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Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Raises Your Child’s Risk for Autism

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  • Recent research shows vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy is associated with an increase in autism-related traits in 6-year-old children. Deficiency was defined as vitamin D level below 25 nmol/L (10 ng/mL)
  • Vitamin D regulates a gene responsible for conversion of tryptophan into serotonin. Serotonin is crucial during fetal brain development. When vitamin D is lacking, low serotonin can produce neurological defects
  • Vitamin D optimization during pregnancy may also cut your risk of premature birth in half, and lower your child’s risk of multiple sclerosis

By Dr. Mercola

There has been a dramatic and concerning increase in the rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the last 30 years and experts believe the rates will continue to increase.


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