Vitamin D supplements may benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Vitamin D supplementation improved symptoms of autism in a recent trial.

Studies have shown an association between the risk of and vitamin D insufficiency. In this latest study, 109 children with autism spectrum disorder were randomized to receive four months of vitamin D3 supplementation or a placebo.

"Autism symptoms—such as hyperactivity, , and others—improved significantly following vitamin D3 supplementation but not after receiving placebo," said Dr. Khaled Saad, lead author of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry study.


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More information: Khaled Saad et al, Randomized controlled trial of vitamin D supplementation in children with autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2016). DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12652
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