Analysts say vitamin supplements, such as vitamins A and D, have been found to boost brain function in children.
The findings are important as the number of children with autism grows.
The latest research, published in the journal Nature, found that children with ASD showed increased activity in areas of the brain linked to language and attention, such in the cerebellum.
While the researchers said this may have some relevance to how children with developmental delays might progress, they also said it is not clear whether the results would apply to other disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.
It’s not clear if this will translate to people with ASD.
The research was led by neuroscientist Dr. Robert W. Loeffler of the University of Colorado Denver.
The researchers also noted that they did not find a connection between the vitamin supplements and autism.
But they said it was the first study to look at the effects of these supplements in a large population of children.
“Our results indicate that the benefits of vitamin supplements in terms of improving the cognitive functioning and brain development of children are promising, although it’s unclear whether they will be broadly applicable to other developmental disorders,” LoeFFler said in a statement.
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