Phosphatidylserine

Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid involved in cell signaling, and blood clotting or coagulation. Phosphatidylserine is produced by reactions with phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine. Conversely, phosphatidylserine can also give rise to phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylcholine, although in animals the pathway to generate phosphatidylcholine from phosphatidylserine only operates in the liver. Generally, phosphatidylserine is low in children in the…

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Probiotics in Autism

The link between intestinal health and the brain is a popular topic in science and the media currently. Approximately 95% of the neurotransmitter serotonin is made in the gut. (1) Ongoing research is interested in how this is related to a multitude of different psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and autism symptoms. Rates of gastrointestinal…

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Omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids – EFAs

Omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids play a vital role in the development and functioning of the brain and central nervous system. Research has identified that children with autism, PDD and ADHD have complicated issues with omega 3 & 6 fatty acids including decreased usage, absorption and transfer of active elements into the…

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Curcumin and Autism

Curcumin is the phyochemical component in tumeric.  The rhizome or root of this plant is known as being the most useful.  Curcuminoids are the active from used for its healing properties. Neuroinflammatory (brain inflammation) responses play a pivotal role in the development of autistic behaviours. Studies show that curcumin suppresses oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction,…

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Chlorella

Chlorella is a unicellular, fresh water green algae that has a high amount of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and protein. It has been touted as a ‘superfood’ for its detoxification effects and wide nutrient properties. Both methylcobalamin (methyl B12), selenium, and superoxide dismutase are in high amounts in this product, therefore aiding in the methylation and…

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Folate and folinic

People with autism may have changed folate or methionine metabolism, suggesting that the folate–methionine cycle may play an important role in the etiology of autism. The SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphisms such as SLC19A1, DHFR, RFC and MTHFR are involved in the folate metabolism pathway impairing methylation. Polymorphisms in folate-related pathway genes and disruptions in…

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Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is an omega 3 fatty acid, and source of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) which the body cannot make. Namely arachidonic acid, DHA, and EPA are essential for brain development and arachidonic and DHA are ample in breastmilk. Essential fatty acids are known to help improve symptoms in ADHD, dyslexia, and…

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage in the body.  It is found only in plant foods including oils, nuts, seeds and grains. When combined with omega-3, vitamin E has been found to treat the speech disorder verbal apraxia.  Vitamin E stabilizes glutamate receptor and decreases excitotoxicity…

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Prevention of Autism

Those who have children on the autism spectrum often want to have more children. Rates of a second or third child having autism after one child is diagnosed is in between 7-18%. All children are precious but many children on the autism spectrum experience pain, isolation and frustration as they interact with the world. The…

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Carnitine

In our practice, carnitine is one of the most important interventions for patients diagnosed with autism, speech delay, motor delays and chronic lyme disease.  Carnitine plays a vital role in energy production by shuttling fats into the mitochondria where 90% of the body’s energy is produced.   Carnitine is produced by the methylation cycle and transports…

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