Month: August 2011

L-Carnitine in Childhood Cognitive Development

L-carnitine therapy at a dose of 50 mg per kilogram-bodyweight per day administered for 3 months in children with suboptimal developmental, social, behavioral and communication abilities significantly improved cognitive function scores in these subjects.


Geier DA, Kern JK, Davis G, King PG, Adams JB, Young JL, Geier MR. A prospective double-blind, randomized clinical trial of levocarnitine to treat autism spectrum disorders. Med Sci Monit. 2011 Jun 1;17(6):PI15-23.

Moms-to-be Need More Vitamin D

Did you know that when breast milk is tested, 95% has inadequate levels of vitamin D? This should be no surprise as 80-95% of lactating women are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency in children can lead to a condition known as rickets where bones develop poorly and in severe cases can lead to cardiac arrest as seen in a recent case in Switzerland.

Source: Chehade et al. Acute Life-Threatening Presentation of Vitamin D Deficiency Rickets. J Clin Endo and Metab. July 27, 2011 Current Issue.

DHA in Pregnancy May Mean Fewer Colds for Baby

A woman who consumes fish oil-type supplements during pregnancy may decrease the number of colds early in her baby’s life, according to a new randomized, controlled trial. Cold symptoms occurred 24% less often among babies whose mothers took docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) pills during pregnancy.

Source: Pediatrics