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A Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency & Autism In Children21-Jun-2011

A study involving 70 autistic children with an average age of 5.3 years, and 42 age-matched healthy children of the same socio-economic status, discovered that the autistic children had significantly lower blood levels of Vitamin D3 and calcium. The authors conclude that, “the blood levels of Vitamin D in the children with autism in this study could classify them as being ‘vitamin D inadequate,’ which lends support to the hypothesis that autism is a vitamin D deficiency disorder.”

Greg’s Comments: Vitamin D plays a major role in the function of your nervous system. Other studies like this one have shown that a maternal deficiency in Vitamin D increases the risk of autism in the unborn child. Vitamin D has also shown to improve behaviour in autistic children. The most common source of Vitamin D is the sun and in Australia we have developed a major deficiency mainly due to the slip, slop, slap message that scares people of sun exposure. Sunlight is important for us…..just as it helps plants grow……it also keeps us healthy. Ideally we need 20 minutes of sun a day. If you are unable to get that amount per day I recommend taking a Vitamin D3 supplement daily to improve your Vitamin D status and help prevent illness caused by a Vitamin D deficiency. Our Pure Oil Innovation Vitamin D1000IU product is an extremely pure form of Vitamin D.

Reference: “Reduced serum levels of 25-hydroxy and 1,25-dihydroxy vitamin D in Egyptian children with autism,” Meguid NA, Hashish AF, et al, J Altern Complement Med, 2010 June; 16(6): 641-5. (Address: Department of Research on Children with Special Needs, National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt).