A study by Stanford University found that a lack of zinc levels in pregnant women could increase the incidence of autism among children, scientists have recommended that taking zinc supplements regularly during pregnancy should ensure that pregnant women do not develop autism in the future.
Dr. Sally Kim of the University Medical School says autism is associated with certain types of genes involved in the formation, maturation and stabilization of synaptic dots in the early stages of fetal development, and the results show a link between zinc levels in neurons and autism , Daily Mail reported.
"Until now, it is not clear that a pregnant woman's lack of zinc levels inevitably causes fetal autism," said Craig Garner, a neurologist at the German Neurological Center. "More research is needed until we finally adopt these results."
Zinc, found in meat, oysters, dairy products, bread and grains, creates new cells and enzymes, extracts carbohydrates, fats and proteins from foods and contributes to wound healing.
According to the British National Health Agency, most people should not eat enough zinc and take more than 25 mg of zinc supplements daily.
The study, published in the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, links zinc into two important types of proteins that enter target neurons via neuronal junctions and alter the structure and function of neurons at the developmental stage.