The Importance of Vitamins in Nutrition
The notion, “You are what you eat” is more rooted in fact than you may think, as there are vitamins and minerals which play essential roles in brain development and gene regulation.
Some research shows a connection between insufficient nutrition and an increased risk of autism and ADHD.
Autism is often associated with “picky” eating habits, which in turn can create more nutritional deficits. Begin by looking closely at what you and your family are eating – are the foods fresh or packaged/processed?
Vitamins and minerals will be more easily absorbed by your body if the foods are fresh. In contrast, although packaged/processed foods contain vitamins and minerals, they contain chemical preservatives that wouldn’t be found in the foods if you were preparing them yourself. In addition, there may be a higher fat or salt content in packaged/processed foods, compared to fresh foods.