[Source: Medical News Today]
Earlier research indicated an association between zinc and autism. However, until now, understanding the connection has been challenging.
A new study, published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, suggests that a zinc deficiency in early childhood may contribute to autism.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, tends to cause difficulties in communication and social interaction.
Although every case is different, symptoms can include repetitive actions, reduced eye contact, and trouble recognizing emotions in others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1 in 59 children have autism. It appears to be four times more common in boys than girls.