Post 9 Vitamin Deficiencies (Vitamin D & B’s)
Vitamin D has been tied to Autism, however it has never functions as a hormone and controls many of the body’s processes. An interesting fact is since the numbers of Autism cases have gone up, so have the cases of vitamin deficiencies, specifically Vitamin D when compared to normal children. Vitamin D deficiency & Autism have now emerged as a global issue. Studies were conducted among Immigrant Populations who lived in equational locations & compared those with individuals who lived in other regions with less intense sun exposure. The results were astonishing. The immigrant populations who lived in areas with direct sun exposure had never experienced a disease like Autism.
Their is also another link rooted in Biology with Vitamin D exposure and Autism. A 2007 study by Allen Kalueff showed that Vitamin D was essential for a developing fetus and essential for babies to develop brain function within normal ranges.
B Vitamins are water-soluble and crucial for numerous reasons. Vitamin B deficiency along with heavy metal toxicity is among the leading causes of irritability, anger, & violent episodes. This is also commonly a problem among those with anxiety & seizures.
Our bodies do not make B Vitamins, so they must be provided by dietary means. B Vitamins increase cellular energy, protect the brain from excitotoxicity, crucial for survival. A deficiency in B Vitamins causes low taurine levels, which reduces the body’s ability to detoxify.
Important B Vitamins:
-Vitamin B1 (Thismine)
-Vitamin B2 ( Riboflavin)
-Vitamin B3 ( Niacinamide)
-Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
-Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
-Folic Acid or Folate
Folic Acid, synthetic & commonly in multivitamins & fortified foods. This can cause an excess to build in the body, which the body only has a limited ability to convert folic acid to folate.
Too much folic acid can affect gene expression, may reduce immune system function, and exacerbate vitamin B12 deficiency.
*It’s critical to check your multivitamin, because most will contain folic acid and not folate.
Folic Acid is important in nerve functioning, DNA synthesis, and helps builds vitamin B12, Methyl B12 builds Methylation, so they are both essential components for proper immune function and antibody formation.
-Vitamin Methyl B12
Most children on the Autism spectrum are deficient in Vitamin methyl B12. If mercury is in the system it will alter the body’s ability to make its own B12 & when the gut is disrupted, it cannot absorb nutrients properly.
Common symptoms of deficiency:
Once your child’s GI tract has healed, B12 will be more available to the body and more absorbed via the intestinal tract.
Best food sources of Vitamin B12
-Fish (especially Shellfish)
-Eggs (Yolk) eggs from goose or duck have the almost 5 times the amount of B12 compared to chicken eggs. Egg yolks also have the added benefits of Vitamin B2, D, and Iron.
Vitamin Methyl B12 supplements come in two different forms. Most common is cyanocobalamin. Cobalamin is the actual B12 portion. Cyanide is added as a stabilizing agent to preserve the cobalamin in packaging. In order for the cobalamin to be activated, the cyanide must be removed by an enzyme. If the body is not able to remove the cyanide, not only will you not benefit from the cobalamin, but it will actually block the B12 component.
*When looking for Vitamin B12, be sure to. Get methylcobalamin and not cyancobalamin. Methylcobalamin or Methyl B12 is the natural form of B12. By using Methyl B12 no conversion is needed, therefor it is very absorbable.