NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A lack of zinc levels in a pregnant woman can increase her child's risk of autism, according to a new study at Stanford University. Researchers recommend pregnant women to regularly take zinc supplements during pregnancy to ensure that their fetus does not become autistic in the future.
Dr Sally Kim at the University of Medicine School said that autism is associated with certain types of genes involved in the formation, maturation and stabilization of synaptic dots during the early stages of the fetus development, and noted that the results showed association of zinc levels in nerve cells and autism , The Daily Mail newspaper reported.
"So far, it has not been conclusively found that the lack of zinc levels in the pregnant woman inevitably causes the fetus to become autistic," said Craig Garner of the German Center for Neurology. "We still need to do more studies until we finally assume these results."
Zinc, contained in meat, oysters, dairy products, bread and cereals, helps to create new cells and enzymes, extract carbohydrates, fats and protein from food, as well as contribute to wound healing.
According to the British National Health Agency, most people get enough zinc from food and should not take more than 25 mg of zinc supplements daily.
The study, published in the journal Frontiers of Molecular Neuroscience, found that zinc enters the target neurons through the nerve crossing and connects two important types of proteins that make changes in the composition and function of neurons during the development phase.