Low zinc level link to autism

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE -

A DE­FI­CIENCY in zinc in the womb could lead to autism, a study sug­gests.

US and Ger­man sci­en­tists found zinc shapes the con­nec­tions be­tween brain cells that form dur­ing early de­vel­op­ment.

Foods rich in the min­eral in­clude meat, shell­fish, dairy and ce­re­als.

Dr Sally Kim, of Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, said: “Our find­ings link zinc lev­els in neu­rons – via in­ter­ac­tions with pro­teins en­coded by th­ese genes – to de­vel­op­ment of autism.”

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