Autism – metabolic and nutrition link

A new study published in the June edition of Nutrition and Metabolism this year suggests that children with autism appear to suffer from a significantly higher percentage of metabolic issues compared to average children. Nutritionally, this may be compounded or even initiated by nutritional deficiencies that include low levels of glutathione, biotin, and SAMe, niacin and low plasma levels of amino acid. Markers of oxidative stress were noticed as being higher than normal as well, according to a new study.  {{{0}}}

Additionally, NADH and NAPDH were found to be depleted in a significant portion of the autistic test subjects. NAPDH and NADH are compounds utilized in reactions of energy transfer/transport. The low NADH results in low ATP synthesis which is critical for metabolic processes such sulfation and methylation.

Better insights through future research on such metabolic disturbances in autistic patients could provide opportunities for new therapeutic intervention in this increasing disorder among children.

Many metabolic concerns can be overcome with appropriate metabolic testing and subsequent nutritional supplementation

Source: Nutritional and metabolic status of children with autism vs. neurotypical children, and the association with autism severity. http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/pdf/1743-7075-8-34.pdf

 

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