(NaturalHealth365) There are many mental disorders that are related to a sunlight or vitamin D deficiency. For example, one piece of research showed that elderly people who had the lowest levels of vitamin D had about 12 times the risk of depression as those who had the highest levels.
And, in this same research the cognitive abilities of those with low levels were profoundly reduced, indicative that vitamin D deficiency plays a large role in the mental disorders of depression and possibly lowered IQ.
Other research has shown a correlation between low vitamin D and Alzheimer’s in the United States and Europe, and in a recent study on vitamin D intakes, it was demonstrated that those who had the highest fifth of vitamin D intakes also had a 77 percent reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Autism has been increasing exponentially as the population has moved indoors and away from the vitamin D-producing sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant mothers, due to lack of sunlight, in my opinion is the factor that is causing the frightening increase. Vitamin D is necessary for proper development of the fetal brain.
Here are other reasons to believe that autism is a vitamin D-sunlight deficiency disease. A Spanish study showed a positive linear relationship between circulating concentrations of maternal 25(OH)D3 in pregnancy and mental and psychomotor scores in the offspring. In other words, a direct, predictive influence of lower vitamin D levels in pregnant women with lowered mental capacity in their children.
Both autism and vitamin D deficiency are associated with abnormally high inflammation, low consumption of vitamin D in pregnant women predicts an increased risk of their children’s low verbal IQ’s, poor social performance and motor skills. There is a close correlation between latitude and autism among countries; the higher the latitude, the higher the rate of autism. (Vitamin D production is lower at higher latitudes)
These are only a few of the reasons to believe that autism is due to a deficiency of sunlight or vitamin D. Let’s consider some other brain disorders like, people born in winter months have a greater risk of developing brain tumors both as children and as adults. Prenatal vitamin D deficiency in animals profoundly alters brain development. Rats born to vitamin D-deficient mothers have permanently damaged brains into adulthood and exhibit hyperlocomotion (excessive movement from place to place) at the age of ten weeks.
Could this relate to hyperactivity in children? Such rats also show impairment in learning and memory skills.
So there you have it. Many mental disorders are probably due to brains that do not have sufficient vitamin D. So let’s stop that trend by safely enjoying the sunlight and optimizing vitamin D levels. Have a sunny day!
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