Studies that show a direct link between nutrition/nutrients and mental health have always fascinated me. In this case it is with Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Here is one that was done on some Omani children. It was a hospital-based case–control study conducted in 80 children (40 children with ASDs versus 40 controls)
These data showed that Omani children with ASDs exhibit significant deficiencies in folate and vitamin B12 and call for increasing efforts to ensure sufficient intakes of essential nutrients by children with ASDs to minimize or reverse any ongoing impact of nutrient deficiencies.
What I have found is that it is important to remember when one is deficient you usually need to take more than the RDA as that is barely enough to sustain life. Of course, be sure to check with your primary care physician as to the correct dose for your child.
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