Dietary Supplements for Autism

NutritionFacts .org
NutritionFacts .org
06 Jul 2020

Vitamin C, vitamin D, and omega-3 fish oil supplements put to the test to improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

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This is the latest of an extended series on natural treatments for autism (for those who want to be treated). Please check out the others if you’re interested:
• Fever Benefits for Autism in a Food (
• Fighting Autism Brain Inflammation with Food (
• Best Foods for Autism (
• Autism and Casein from Cow’s Milk (
• Does A2 Milk Carry Less Autism Risk? (
• Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diets for Autism Put to the Test (
• Are Autism Diet Benefits Just a Placebo Effect? (
• Double Blind Clinical Trial of Diet for Autism (
• Pros and Cons of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism (
• Is Autism Really on the Rise? (
• The Role of Pesticides and Pollution in Autism (
• Heavy Metal Urine Testing and Chelation for Autism (
• The Role of the Gut Microbiome in Autism (
• Alternative Treatments for Autism (

The disappointing results with fish oil mirror what we now know about their use for heart disease. See, for example, Is Fish Oil Just Snake Oil? ( and Omega-3’s and the Eskimo Fish Tale (

What’s that about vitamin C and kidney stones? See Do Vitamin C Supplements Prevent Colds but Cause Kidney Stones? (

For more on what vitamin D can and can’t do, check out:
• Will You Live Longer if You Take Vitamin D Supplements? (
• Do Vitamin D Supplements Help with Diabetes, Weight Loss, and Blood Pressure (
• How Much Vitamin D Should You Take? (
• The Optimal Dose of Vitamin D Based on Natural Levels (
• The Best Way to Get Vitamin D: Sun, Supplements, or Salons? (
• The Risks and Benefits of Sensible Sun Exposure (
• Should Vitamin D Supplements Be Taken to Prevent Falls in the Elderly? (

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