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Role of nutritional supplements in Autism

by: Dr Kalpana Shekhawat (Consultant - Freedom Diet)
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Role of nutritional supplements in Autism:

Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder characterized by deficits in social interaction and language development and a restricted or stereotypical pattern of interests and activities.
Formerly a relatively rare condition well out of the public eye autism has increased in prevalence more than 10 fold since 1990 The origin of this disorder is basically unknown investigators currently believe that Autism is a genetically based disorder requiring some environmental trigger to manifest.
Evidence indicates that Autism to a large degree a problem of under connectivity of cortical systems especially interhemispheric communication, essentially a decreased ability of parts or system of the brain to communicate with each other. This impairment results in difficulty with complex, higher-order functions, such as language and social skills.
Rather than thinking of autism as a brain disorder that has systemic effects, autism can be thought of as a systemic disorder that affects the brain.
Possible Contributing Factors:
  • Genetics
  • Dysbiosis
  • Heavy metal toxicity (Murcury, Lead , arsenic)
  • Dietary factors / nutrient status
  • Emotional stress
  • Fatty acid deficiency
  • Fluoride

  • Dietary factors:
  • Increased consumption of sugar
  • Reduced intake of fruits & vegetables
  • Excessive intake of
      refined carbohydrates
      Refined sugar
      Rancid fats and trans fatty acids
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

  • Patient assessment:
  • Xenobiotic toxicity
      Hair
      Urinalysis
  • Dysbiosis
      Organic acid urinalysis
      Comprehensive stool analysis
  • Dietary food habits
  • Stress and lifestyle
  • Nutrient status
      Essential fatty acids (EFAs)
      Chromium
      Minerals
      Adrenal fatigue

  • Therapeutics:
    Nutritional deficiencies Nutritional deficiencies are wide spread in autistic children these are mainly linked to poor digestion and absorption of nutrient due to gastrointestinal problems as well as abnormalities in the metabolic processing of nutrients. Nutritional supplements and dietary correction have shown promising results in managing autism and its symptoms in terms of reduced irritability, hyperactivity, improved intelligence, better focus and improved attention span, improved memory, progressive speech development, improved communication, reduced compulsive behavior etc.

    Natural therapies:
  • Vitamins and minerals
      20 minerals and 15 essential vitamins
  • Bowel terrain support
      Probiotics and prebiotics
  • N Acetyl cysteine (heavy metal detox)
      Heavy metal chelator
  • Up regulate glutathione
  • Fatty acids – docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and (EPA)
  • DMAE (Dimethyl amino ethanol)
  • Choline
  • Avoid food allergies
  • Reduce cell inflammation
      By taking anti oxidants to neutralize free radical damage
  • Avoid gluten & casein
      Gluten protein found in wheat and casein found in milk have been associated with allergic and inflammatory changes in gut mucosa
  • Avoid food with chemicals and preservatives
  • Reduce sugar intake

  • Dr Kalpana Gupta Shekhawat MBBS DFM, MD CCN CLINICAL NUTRITION CONSULTANT, DIRECTOR FREEDOM DIET

    Disclaimer: Information shared in this section is indicative. Please do not make any conclusion and we strongly recommend you to consult with your Doctor. Symptoms may vary with individual, geography, climate and lifestyle