Maternal vitamin D deficiency and brain functions


A large number of observational studies have highlighted the prevalence rates of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency in many populations including pregnant women. 

Vitamin D is well known to have a crucial role in differentiation and proliferation, as well as neurotrophic and neuroprotective actions in the brain. It has been observed that this micronutrient can modulate neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity.

Recent results from animal and epidemiological studies indicated that maternal vitamin D deficiency is associated with a wide range of neurobiological diseases including autism, schizophrenia, depression, multiple sclerosis and developmental defects

Source: Food Funct. 2023 Jun 23.