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Autism and Benefits From Vitamin Therapy
The Top Three Vitamin Therapies for Autism (NB: Vitamins will not cure autism)
Looking over the top 12 Autism therapies there are 3 vitamin therapies each with their own distinct benefits, and VitaMist has them all in our spray vitamin form.
Countless children with autism are vitamin C deficient. Many people therefore are opting to give their children a vitamin C supplement, which may even be helpful for children with who have normal levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C is supposed to have a calming effect on behavior. Vitamin C has supposedly a signaling effect on the brain, like a dopamine effect. This effect may or may not work in all children however if you are considering Vitamin C therapy you should do your research thoroughly and talk with your physician before starting any vitamin regimen.
Another theory for the effective responses of vitamin C is its antioxidant property. Children with autism may have much more trouble managing free radicals than that of other children and free radicals are naturally occurring chemicals that play vital parts in the normal functions of the body. However in some cases the free radicals can cause brain damage or damage to the immune system, organs or other tissues in the body. In the body there are systems to protect tissues from free radical damage, however antioxidants are vital to this protection.
Vitamin B6 and Magnesium
The enzymes that are used to break down vitamin B6 may not work well in children with autism. The breakdown of vitamin B6 is needed to make PLP with is needed to produce dopamine which is a brain chemical that is important in behaviors. If autistic children are not producing enough PLP from vitamin B6, then supplementing their diets with extra B6 may be needed to boost the production of PLP and dopamine to normal levels.
Children who have autism may have significantly lower levels of magnesium than other children. Magnesium supplements may be useful in producing a calming effect on some children with ADHD and therefore may possibly be just as useful on children who suffer from behavior problems and autism.
Aside from the need of magnesium for overall health as well as proper brain functioning, there are really no theories on how magnesium deficiency mayc ontribute to autism or how magnesium therapy may significant help autism. However usually the two supplements of vitamin B6 and magnesium are usually given together because side effects from the vitamin B6 may be helped by the magnesium therapy.
If you are considering Vitamin B6 or Magnesium therapy you should research both of them thoroughly and talk with your physician about the supplements and what kind of regimen you are considering before ever starting the therapy. Your physician should be aware of any treatments you are thinking of doing on your own.
People who suffer from autism may in many cases not have enough vitamin A in their diets. A vitamin A deficiency in their diet may occur because in many cases children with autism have poor nutrition from poor eating habits. A vitamin A deficient person can develop poor sight and severe problems with behavior, Vitamin A therapy can help in many cases to restore damage to eyes and may significantly reduce behavior issues.
Many people have problems getting enough Vitamin A from their normal diet and they need extra Vitamin A supplements for their overall health. Most of these people have a metabolic disorder and vitamin A may help them to regain their health.
Most medical research and physicians don't thoroughly understand how vitamin A supplements may help people with autism and there have been few studies on any of these vitamin therapies.
It should therefore be again noted that if you are considering any vitamin therapy that you should do your research thoroughly into the risks and benefits, along with talking openly with your physician about what kind of therapy you are considering. Your physician should be made aware at what dosage you will be taking the supplements and monitor the person carefully for any signs of adverse effects.