One of the most common treatments for Autism is the use of vitamins and minerals as supplements for what the body is missing. While many report positive results from this, the research is limited as far as them being used for Autism.
Vitamins and Minerals are known universally as being beneficial for general health. This can be attributed for their connection with the production of neurotransmitters and role in digestion.
It is often difficult to fuel your child’s body with vitamins and minerals when their digestion is off. Additionally, how do you know which vitamins and minerals that your child needs? Are their bodies deficient in Vitamin D? Iron? Unless you know what exactly your child’s body needs, it’s nearly impossible to know which vitamins and minerals are necessary to improve your child’s health.
The inadequate consumption of vitamins and minerals along with a poor diet are the cause of many sicknesses and ailments. Because the gut and digestive system are like a 2nd brain in the body, it’s important that they’re given the right fuel to run correctly. Amongst the ailments that are connected with poor diet and lack of proper vitamins and minerals are:
Anemia (Caused by Low Iron), Hyperthyroid (Low Iodine), Scurvy (Deficient in Vitamin C), Rickets (Low Calcium and/or Vitamin D).
As of late, the focus has switched from these conditions to developmental disorders as well as learning and intellectual disorders. A study was conducted recently that focused on Autism and the idea that nutritional inefficiencies and metabolic imbalances play a role in ASD.
A recent survey that was conducted found that vitamin and mineral supplements are among the most vastly used treatment suggestions for Autism, and yet the number of studies that have been officially conducted is very low. Three individual studies have shown that children with Autism have ‘impaired methylation’, decreased gluathione and increased oxidative stress compared to children without an ASD or developmental disorder.
Two related surveys further found that supplements, specifically B12, resulted in improvements in methylation, gluathione and lowered oxidative stress. A 30 week study featured high doses of Vitamin C. These studies resulted in a decreased severity of Autism based on the Ritvo Freeman scale. There have been 11 double-blind placebo studies done with high doses of Vitamin B6 with magnesium – which showed dramatic behavior improvements.
In the most recent study, a three month treatment with vitamin and mineral supplementation, there was a successful result in that the vitamins and minerals were well tolerated. There was also an increase and improvement in metabolic status.
Before you can begin a treatment plan customized to your child, you should make sure you know which vitamins and minerals their body is lacking. Dr. Wong currently is offering his Blood Chemistry Analysis which tests 70 different biomarkers and can determine diseases your child may or may not have, and whether your current diet or supplement plans are working. If you’re ready to get your child on the right path to treating their Autism symptoms, then check out the test in our store!