NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pregnant women should take zinc supplements regularly during pregnancy to ensure their fetus does not become autistic in the future, according to a new study at Stanford University.
Dr. Sally Kim of the University School of Medicine said autism is linked to certain genes involved in the formation, maturity and stabilization of synaptic points in the early stages of fetal development, noting that the results showed a link between zinc levels in nerve cells and autism, Mail. "
"To this day, it has not been conclusively proven that the absence of zinc levels in the pregnant woman necessarily causes the fetus to be autistic," said Craig Garner of the German Center for Neurology. "We still need to do more research until we finally adopt the results."
Zinc, found in meat, oysters, dairy products, bread and cereals, contributes to the formation of new cells and enzymes, to extract carbohydrates, fats and proteins from food, and to 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 of Molecular Neuroscience, found that zinc enters target neurons through the nerve junction and connects two important types of proteins that bring about changes in the composition and function of neurons in the development stage.