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Aspergers and diet/natural supplements

Aspergers syndrome is a neurobiological syndrome that has no known cause or cure. For this reason, a number of alternative therapies have been tried to improve the symptoms of Aspergers syndrome and other autistic spectrum disorders.

Much has been made about the gluten free and casein free diet. This includes a diet virtually void of wheat, oat, rye and barley foods as well as any dairy foods that generally contain casein. Many parents have noted significant improvement in the behavioral symptoms of their child. Such a diet can be difficult to arrange but there are web sites that sell products free of casein and gluten and a few week trial of the diet may make a difference that no medication can do.

Other alternative therapies include chelation therapy that rids the body of heavy metals which may be contributing to the symptoms, cranio-sacral therapy, auditory integration therapy, sensory integration therapy and music therapy. Some of these alternative therapies have gone past being “alternative” and have reached mainstream medical therapies.

A natural supplement found to be helpful in Aspergers syndrome is called L-carnitine, a supplement that is a protein combination of alanine and histadine. In several studies, it has been shown to improve the auditory processing skills, socialization, speech production, fine motor skills and language skills of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Certain digestive enzymes have been developed for children with Aspergers syndrome and related disorders. It is felt that the enzymes reduce the amount of undigested food that unhealthy gut bacteria thrive on.

Some researchers believe that Aspergers syndrome children are deficient in glutathione. Some companies now manufacture what is called liposome-enclosed glutathione. Glutathione is an antioxidant that also helps rid the body of toxins, including heavy metals.

Electrolyte solutions containing minerals are used to prevent dehydration and add valuable minerals to the child’s diet. In addition, phosphatidyl serine is used because it is known to regenerate damaged nerve cells and improve memory, learning and concentration.

One easy and sugar free solution for Electrolyte is Lyte N Go

There is much less research on dietary supplements and dietary changes in those who suffer from Aspergers syndrome and related disorders. Any research done is often done on extremely small numbers of children so they can’t be widely recommended; however, none of these therapies are harmful to the body so they may be tried safely in families looking to optimize their child’s level of functioning.

 

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