Children With Autism Benefits From Vitamin D, Study Suggests Sunlight Best Defense For D Deficiency
The most effective yet neglected source of Vitamin D is natural sunlight exposure. One of its effective benefits is helping the children with autism prevent Vitamin D Deficiency, which could worsen their situation.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a serious mental condition from early childhood that controls the child's social interaction, both verbal and nonverbal communication. It also includes repetitive behaviours and intellectual ability. Children with autism are also associated with health issues and one of them could be Vitamin D Deficiency. Bone pain and muscle weakness are associated with Vitamin D Deficiency.
An Egyptian Research team conducted a study of 109 children with autism disorder. Half of them received vitamin D3 supplement for four months and the other half took a placebo. As a result, children who received vitamin D3 supplement improved the symptoms of autism such as hyperactivity and social isolation. While others with placebo intake didn't show a sight of improvement.
Meanwhile, a Glasglow University scientist concluded after conducting more than 8,000 children with autism disorder, babies who were conceived between January and March has a high risk of autism compared to those born during summer months. Lack of Vitamin D is the most possible reason for this disorder, said Professor Jill Pell.
Vitamin D intake has a tremendous health benefits. It can balance the amount of calcium and phosphate for strong bones, teeth and muscles. Lowering the risk of a number types of cancers. Vitamin D is only found in oily fishes, egg yolks, red meat and liver. As a result of this, official figures shows that 23 percent of adults, 21 percent of elderly and 22 percent of teenagers have low Vitamin D absorption.
Aside from taking supplements, one of the natural sources of Vitamin D is the sunlight exposure. It gives low blood pressure and immunity benefits. Vitamin D obtained from sunlight also has a responsibility to stimulate the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Sunlight exposure reduces depressions and stress related to autism disorder.
Whether taking supplementary or just simple exposing your child from the sun, the important is, giving them enough Vitamin D can lower their symptoms of autism.