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Top 5 Supplements / Vitamins for Autism

On last nights “Natural Approaches to Autism” Webinar, the overwhelming questions was, “What supplements should my child be taking.”  With clients, I often give them the supplements that their child should ideally be on and then… a top priority list.  So, this is the “Top 5 List,” in order of preference.

  1. Pre and Probiotics:  The vast majority of children and adults on the autism spectrum are shown to have digestive issues.  Many have had digestive issues so long that you literally have to ask them if they have a stomach ache or have gone to the bathroom that day to know that they are having problems.  And if they are non-verbal, this becomes a bigger challenge.  Probiotics replace the good flora in the intestines, that have died off because of poor eating, medications, leaky gut syndrome and many other culprits.  In our home, we tell our children that these good flora are the soldiers that keep our whole body healthy.  You need a good probiotic that guarantees delivery of the bacteria to the intestines.   A pre-biotic powder is also recommended as you begin to replace and feed these good bacteria.  The Optiflora and Pre and Probiotic system can be purchased together or seperately.
  2. Multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement-  This is where I must be clear that NOT ALL SUPPLEMENTS are equal and a store bought chewable, gummy or gumball may actually do more harm than good with our children.  I say harm, because not only are the nutrients in these supplements not readily available to absorb in the body (making them more likely to flush down the toilet), but many actually contain chemicals that leach in our childrens’ digestive tracts.  We recommend a few different options because we know there are different dietary limits and our children can be very picky.  Shaklee makes two chewables.  The Incredivites are ideal because they contain a pre-biotic called lactoferrin, known to help boost the immune system.  They are also GF (gluten free) certified, completely natural and easily absorbed.  Lactoferrin is derived from dairy so if you need a dairy free option, the OceanWonders are GF and CF free and are also Kosher certified.  If your child can swallow, the Vita Lea with iron is ideal and if you need a powder form, the Citriboost is a refrigerated powder that also contains probiotics (no iron).  Please contact us if you need more help with choosing.
  3. Omegagard Fish Oils- Omegagard is a 7 spectrum, pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement.  It is the most complete fish oil supplement on the market.  For our children on the spectrum, pure fish oils are recommended to help with concentration, brain function, and inflammation that is often missed in the gut.  Amazingly, fish oil is the top recommended supplement by the entire medical community and is now widely recommended for women during pregnancy, both as an anti-inflammatory; as well as, to boost babies brain development.  This fish oil capsule is chewed by many children, but can also be swallowed or pierced and mixed in applesauce, juice or any nutralizing food.  A word of caution.  I often have families tell me they tried a flavored fish oil and their child would Not take the product.  Upon questioning, I learn that they went strait for the flavored and never tried a pure fish oil without flavoring.  We find that many of our children actually prefer the pure, non-rancid supplement to flavored products that often have odd textures.
  4. Calcium MagnesiumCalcium Magnesium supplements may actually be recommended for many of our children and family members because of the poor diets associated with autism or a Casein Free diet, but this supplement is so much more.  Magnesium has been proven to slow down the heart rate, calming down hyper-activity and has also been shown as a catalyst in helping to curb or reduce bedwetting.  One of our children has restless leg syndrome and magnesium is often recommended by nuerologists to help with the leg tremors associated with this condition.  For parents of hyperactive children, calcium magenesium can definately be a welcome addition.  This product can be found in a strawberry flavored chewable or in a crushable tablet that can also be swallowed.
  5. Protein Powder-  We have been using Protein Powder with our children for many years, but were amazed as our children became older, at how their bodies actually craved the plant based protein.  We actually began to see difference in cognition and energy based on whether or not they had a “shake” and what time of day it was at.  Many of our clients also report that they see a significant difference in their childrens’ concentration and focus if they drink the protein for breakfast.  One mom told us that her food budget reduced and her stress level went down.  This happened because her children were no longer craving the bowls of carb loaded cereal and snacks and hour after eating and were concentrating so much better.  As our daughter became more vocal and higher functioning, she would report leg cramps on days when she had not had the protein.  Recent urine and saliva testing, through Dr. Ryan Bentley,  showed us that our 11 year old with aspergers, who does not drink the shakes, has a protein deficiency because her body does not absorb other forms of protein in dairy and foods.  We recommend beginning with Non-GMO energizing soy protein or Cinch Whey Protein for children and adults with a soy sensitivity or allergy.  These are organic forms of protein powder and come in several flavors.

 

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You will note that the brand of supplements we recommend is made by the Shaklee Corporation.  After years of research, we have settled on this brand because we know it to be safe, pure and 100% money back guaranteed.  This company does over 83,000 tests annually on their raw ingredients alone and tests every finished batch before it goes out the door.  Shaklee has over 100 studies published in medical magazines such as the Journal of Modern Medicine and guarantees bioavailability.  If you prefer another brand, simply call the company or your doctor and ask for proof of their standards; as well as, there guarantee if the products do not work for your child.  If you would like help putting together a supplement program for your child, please feel free to contact us.  We are happy to help!

 

12 Comments

  1. Melinda Jobczynski says:

    As a paraeducator working with Autistic high schoolers, I’ve often wondered about nutrition. I see the kids eats nothing but carbs, and knowing about their poor digestion, wondered about diet and behavior.
    You blog is very interesting and relevant. Please keep writing and I’ll keep reading.
    I wish more parents would look into diet but I feel many are just in survival mode. 24/7 with an autistic child (or 2 or 3) must be a roller coaster ride!

  2. Becky Cash says:

    Hello Melinda-

    I started out simply as a nutrition consultant. At 10 months old,w e watched our daughter screaming in pain daily and knew something was very wrong. She was not even on solids. We learned that, because of nuerological damage, her digestive system did not work properly, but we learned that through our own research. the doctors did not and still do not understand this phenomenon with many children. What we now know is that most children on the autism spectrum have weak digestive tracts. You are right, this is only compound by the poor diets. We did learn that, through proper and strategic supplementation and diet, we could repair this. I am not sure if you have the ability to educate families, but if you would like to learn more about what we do, i would be happy to talk with you. It could even be an extra source of income for you. Please let me know if you would like to set up a time to talk.

    Becky Cash
    Owner/ Founder ASDPerspectives

  3. April says:

    Have you ever used grassed gelatin to help gut healing or bone broth? Also can you say more about pre-biotics? Thanks.

  4. Amal says:

    My son is asperger 11 years I need consultation
    About his nutrition

  5. Pamela says:

    I love Shaklee products, and because I have a new grandson who is probably vaccine damaged, I did a bit of research tonight. My daughter unfortunately didn’t take my well-researched advice, and her son got the Hep Vaccine the day he was born. Many mothers also give their baby mercury exposure by taking flu shots while pregnant.
    This mother has a fully recovered son who was damaged by vaccines while she was pregnant, and then afterwards, and diagnosed w/ autism. She used various treatments, supplements and diet. I hope this information helps someone.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yn4SBNSkg4

  6. Janey Lawdon says:

    I have a daughter who is 5, she is non verbal autistic, she use to eat fair but no vegetables, only chicken potatoes, bacon,pancakes, bread, Cheetos, and milk. In last few weeks she has stopped eating chicken and bread. She was small for her age due to being a preemie. She also has severe insomnia and started self biting. She only will take meds dissolved in baby food peaches, so any type of supplements will have to be disolvable. I am worried about her getting nutritional needs met! I am a single Mom so it has to be budget friendly

  7. Gina Probert says:

    My son suffers from an ASD also has digestive issues, constipation, daily. Looking to try a new approach than a DAN dr. Thanks.

  8. Becky Cash says:

    Hi Gina-

    I am so sorry that we did not receive notification of your comment. I would be happy to talk with you about some options. WOuld you like to email me at info@asdperspectives.com. I can make some basic supplement recommendation or we can schedule an actual consultation. Blessing- Becky

  9. Becky Cash says:

    Hi Janey-

    You are not alone and I apologize for the delay in this response. The truth of the matter is that I, like many of us warrior moms, would be more than willing to spend our last pennies to help our children, but it is not my experience that we need to do so. I would be happy to help you, if you are still interested. Please feel free to email me directly at info@asderspectives.com and we can talk about where to start and how to help your little girl.

    Becky

  10. Becky Cash says:

    Hi Pamela-

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Perhaps something you share with your daughter or others will help. And while I do not usually share other links, TACA is a wonderful support network for parents looking to heal their children. I will concur with this mom in that we will do anything to get our children back. However, in light of not intimidating those just beginning, we were able to recover our daughter without as many treatments as the mom in this video. That is why we work with each family individually.

    Blessings

    Becky

  11. Becky Cash says:

    Hello Amal-

    If you are still needing help, please email us at info@asdperspectives.com. I would be happy to help you.

    Becky

  12. Becky Cash says:

    Hi April-

    We have not used grassed gelatin and I have actually never seen any information or research in any of the autism or biomedical communities. In fact some of our children, on the spectrum, are allergic to gelatin but perhaps not the form you are referring to.

    Prebiotics, on the other hand are showing more and more benefits through research. A probiotic is the good, live bacteria that we all need in our gut. It affects not only our digestion but all of our immune health. The prebiotic is essentially the food that feeds that good bacteria. It has also been shown to boost the immune system. In fact, the children’s chewable that we most recommend contains prebiotics. We also use a stand alone prebiotic for some of our clients.

    Becky

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