Focus on Quality of Nutritional Supplements for Autism

May 23, 2008 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

In treating autism with nutritional supplements, we want to make sure we get the  most for our money.  As Dr. Amy Yasko pointed out in her book, “The Puzzle of Autism: Putting it All Together,” not all supplements are equal.  Some brands of supplements are simply not as effective as others – the reasons for this could be poor quality ingredients, manner of storage, or failure to adhere to strict standards in the manufacture of the supplements.   

In treating autism, it is critical that supplements be free from common allergens (such as wheat, milk, corn, soy, yeast, gluten, and casein) and potentially harmful preservatives (sodium benzoate, for example, has been linked to hyperactive behavior in children).  It is also important to purchase supplements which have been produced in facilities adhering to current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and which meet United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards.  And, of course, as I mentioned in my post “Treating Autism with Nutritional Supplements,” individual nutrients should be in the forms most appropriate for the treatment of autism.   

Focus on obtaining high-quality multivitamins, probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, and enzymes.  Look for multivitamin/mineral supplements that contain all the essential vitamins and minerals (and not just some of them) and also have therapeutic doses of 5-methyl-tetra-hydrofolate and Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate.  Probiotics should be high potency (at least 25 billion CFUs).  Omega 3 fatty acids should be in stable forms such as fish oil and cod liver oil, produced to be free from heavy metals, PCBs and other contaminants.  (I don’t like Flax Oil because it easily goes rancid.)  Enzymes should be high potency and the appropriate type for the foods eaten.   

By focusing on the type and quality of nutritional supplements, we ensure that we are getting what we are paying for and maximize potential benefits. 


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  • 1. Richmond  |  June 10, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Autism, i believe can be treated,i am sure nutrition supplements cancontribute to such treatments.


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