Vitamin D is an important nutrient and is essential for the smooth functioning of the body. A mother's vitamin D reaches her baby in utero and helps control functions, including brain development. Research published in the Journal of Nutrition has shown that the vitamin D level of a mother during pregnancy is related to the intelligence (IQ) of her child.
Vitamin D during pregnancy makes babies more intelligent
Scientists say that high vitamin D levels during pregnancy are helpful in brain development and can increase the child's intelligence. This means that the higher the level of vitamin D during pregnancy, the more likely the child's intelligence will increase. Research has also highlighted that vitamin D deficiency is more common in pregnant women than in the general population. But black women are at higher risk because the skin's natural pigment (melanin pigment) reduces the production of the vitamin.
Melanin pigment is believed to protect the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. According to research, there was a markedly greater decrease in vitamin D levels in black pregnant women. Scientists found vitamin D deficiency in 46 percent of pregnant women, especially in black women, the problem was found to be more common.
Scientists told the results of research important for the future
Taking into account several factors related to intelligence, scientists found that there is a relationship between higher levels of vitamin D in women during pregnancy and higher intelligence in children aged 4-6 years. Although causation could not be proved by such analytical studies, the results would have important meanings in the future and would require extensive research. He told that it is possible to overcome vitamin D deficiency and the easiest solution is the use of supplements. Apart from this, vitamin D can also be made a part of the body from fish, eggs, and fortified milk. But more research needs to be done on the ideal amount of vitamin D during pregnancy.