The importance of vitamins in autism is now generally accepted and the relationship between bowel health and brain functions has been taken into account. Vitamins are sources we definitely need for body health.
Vitamin Needs of Autistic Children
It is thought that many vitamins and minerals may be deficient in their bodies due to the hypothesis that the intestines of children with autism are too permeable and that they are very selective in nutrition. The most important of these vitamins and minerals is vitamin B6 and magnesium mineral. It was determined that lack of B6 vitamins affects the central nervous system functioning in children. Magnesium is a mineral that supports bone formation, maintains nerve and muscle cells, and enhances the functioning of the enzymes in the body.
Especially, Problems of vitamin D synthesis have been identified especially in situations affecting brain functions such as autism, PDDNOS, hyperactivity impairment. It has been observed that children with autism and similar problems and VDR-Fok genetic mutations in a majority of depressed people. The interest of vitamin D in mental health has now begun to be discussed as a separate discussion topic. (http://vitamindcouncil.com/health/autism/)
Different perspectives about vitamin and magnesium supplements
The results of studies on the effects of vitamin B6 and magnesium supplementation on the behavior of children with autism contradict each other. While positive effects were reported in studies where experimental control was low, studies with high experimental control showed no effect. Therefore, there is a need for extensive participatory and controlled experimental research.
Experimental studies do not yet support that this method has had a positive effect on every autistic child. That’s why, it is strongly recommended to getting medical recommendations before starting the vitamin supplement treatment. Also, there are several healthy autism diets you can try and get results on our previous blog posts.