Saturday, 17 December 2016

The link between vitamin D and autism

sunlight is a good source of vitamin D

In 2008, Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council published a paper on the link between autism and vitamin D. This was the first published paper suggesting that vitamin D was associated with autism.

A study, which was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, discovered that pregnant women who had low vitamin D levels when they were 20 weeks pregnant were more likely to have a child who displayed autistic traits by the age of 6.

The link between vitamin D and autism
Autism Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy

You may want to read: 
Vitamin D supplements may benefit children with autism spectrum disorder

Benefits of Monounsaturated Fats (part 3 of 5)

Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) are good fats. Liquid at room temperature, they turn solid when they are chilled.

Your body makes monounsaturated fatty acids from saturated fatty acids and uses them in a number of ways.

MUFAs are relatively stable. They do not go rancid easily and hence can be used in cooking.

Common sources of MUFAs are:
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Tea Seed Oil (more on this new oil below)
  • Almonds, cashew nuts and pecans
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Eggs
  • Red meat
  • Peanuts

Benefits of MUFAs:
  • Decreased risk for cancer. 
  • Reduced cholesterol levels. 
  • Lower risk for heart disease and stroke. 
  • Weight loss. 
  • Less severe pain and stiffness for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Reduced belly fat.
  • Improves insulin insensitivity and helps your body use its fat properly
  • Strengthens your bones

Precautions with Monounsaturated Fat

There is a likely link between the presence of a high-fat diet (including all three of the good fats) with a higher occurrence of gallstone disease.