Can Supplements Help Autism?

Autism & Supplements

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When we first started on our journey to help heal my son’s symptoms of autism and his weakened immune system, I originally went to a DAN doctor. She came highly regarded and had a lot of experience, but I was not crazy about the number of different supplements she was recommending that were not whole foods-based. Because I felt my son’s condition was being aggravated by toxins in the our environment and in the food supply, I felt uncomfortable giving anything synthetic if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. So instead, when we we switched over to homeopathy, we hired a holistic nutritionist to help target exactly where my son needed extra support and how we could give it in the “purest” way possible. Because I knew it would be impossible to give him all the supplements all of the time, and because we couldn’t afford to go bankrupt doing so (supplements are expensive!!!),  I spoke with other parents who had been on this journey for awhile and tried to narrow the supplements down to what I felt were the most important ones. I am hoping this list might be helpful to other parents who don’t know where to start.

Here, in no particular order, are the supplements we give, along with the brand we use:

Fish Oil

Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil – Cinnamon Tingle

Vitamin D

Nature’s Answer Vitamin D

Milk Thistle

Nature’s Answer Milk Thistle (Alcohol Free)

Vitamin C

Pure Synergy Vitamin C Powder

Multivitamin

Vitamineral Green Powder

Probiotic

CocoKefir Probiotic

Aloe Vera

Premier Research Labs Aloe Vera 

Magnesium

Natural Calm Magnesium Powder

(* Some supplements we used to give but don’t anymore are Quinton Isotonics and digestive enzymes.)

That’s still a lot of supplements, I know! The good news is that our new homeopath feels we have come a long way in healing our gut and can probably now reduce our supplements down to just the multivitamin and cod-liver oil. I am thinking that I will keep the Vitamin D in there as well, but we’ll see. Something to ask at the next pediatrician’s visit, since the fish oil does have Vitamin D in it already… Anyway, when we give our supplements to  our son, we mix everything in applesauce and feed it to him twice a day. Many whole foods-based supplements are not in capsule form but actually powders or liquids, so this is easy to do. My son has been taking supplements| since he was one and a half, so to him it’s just a normal part of his breakfast and dinner routine. We also just started to give him camel milk again before bed. You can read about the benefits of camel milk here.

For anyone wondering, I take all the same supplements that my son does, just in different amounts. And my husband follows his own regimen of vitamins.

For anyone else wondering, we give our daughter Fish oil, Vitamin D, and Aloe Vera. We are still researching a good whole foods-based multivitamin for her. We don’t feel like she has needed one up until now but she has recently grown a bit picky with eating (ah two year olds) and would rather she now take one. I have narrowed it down to these three choices but just need to do more research on them before I decide: Christopher’s Kid-Emins, Child Life Liquid, Animal Parade Gold, Smarty Pants, Prothera Vita-Tabs.

So can supplements help autism? I believe they can. I actually feel they are quite necessary for an immune system that is often not working up to par (as if often seen in children on the spectrum). Once my son began his regimen, we noticed he started to grow again and tolerate food infractions better. His stomach seemed to be in less distress. And we felt like he was actually absorbing his food better, something his pediatric visits verified, as our doc pointed out my son was now back on the growth curve, had energy, and was starting to overcome his low tone.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was just a whole lot of talk about supplements. Are you asleep yet? If so, you must have taken the magnesium supplement :)

Happy Friday, everyone!

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