Exposing your baby to higher vitamin D levels could prove to be beneficial in the long run with researchers suggesting that low levels of vitamin D could increase the risk of schizophrenia later in life.
Researchers from Queensland Brain Institute in Australia collected blood samples from new born babies from Denmark and then compared the vitamin D concentrations with the blood samples taken from new born babies who were known to have suffered from schizophrenia later in their life.
AdvertisementWriting in their report, which has been published in Archive of General Psychiatry, the researchers suggest that low vitamin D levels could account for more than 40 percent of schizophrenia cases in the country.
"The amazing thing was that the study that was based in Denmark, where low vitamin D is quite common, we found that if vitamin D is linked to schizophrenia our statistics suggest that it could explain about 40% of all schizophrenias", lead researcher Professor John McGrath said.
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