The Truth About Children’s Multivitamins.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 18, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding a possible link between excessive multivitamin use and autism in young children.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/the-truth-about-childrens-multivitamins) notes, while many believe that giving a child a multivitamin is a good thing, considering their rapid growth and development, prescribing multivitamins to really young kids may be dangerous. Researchers have recently been looking at the effects of giving supplemental vitamins and minerals to infants and the results are alarming—there could be a link between excessive multivitamin use and autism.
As the article “The Truth About Children’s Multivitamins” reports, autism is a condition that’s been on the rise. Over a million people in the U.S. alone live with some form of autism; it’s estimated that one in 88 children will be diagnosed with it. While there is a lot of debate about the possible triggers for the condition, researchers do know that for those who have autism, the brain works a little differently, which can make it difficult to function in society as an adult.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that because the number of children diagnosed with autism keeps rising, researchers want to know what is happening to cause the increase in diagnoses. This recent clinical trial suggests it might be because children are overprescribed multivitamins. Researchers hypothesized that taking too many vitamins and minerals may cause the brain to function in an abnormal way—much like it does in certain cases of autism.
According to the article, the researchers suggested that supplementing a child’s diet with a multivitamin at a very young age can elevate their levels of monoamines, substances that act like neurotransmitters by helping to carry information to and from the brain. The researchers suggest that excess multivitamin feeding could also inadvertently trigger the inactivation or degradation of monoamine neurotransmitters.
The Doctors Health Press article recommends that children get their vitamins and minerals from eating healthy foods.
(SOURCES: Zhou, S.S., et al., “Early infant exposure to excess multivitamin: a risk factor for autism?” Autism Res Treat, vol. 2013, Article ID 963697, 8 pages, 2013; “Facts and Statistics,” Autism Society web site, last accessed April 8, 2013.)
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