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It's Not All In The Brain: Probiotics Showed Benefits in Autism

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

The gut continues to take center stage with inflammation and mitochondria dysfunction as crucial factors associated with autism. Eighty-five percent of children with autism suffer from constipation (1).

*If you improve the gut, you improve the brain.

*The gut is called the second brain.

In this clinical trial, published in the journal of Frontiers of Psychiatry, 85 preschoolers with autism were supplemented with a high-dose formulation of probiotics for six months and were compared with typical children without autism (1). The autistic children improved their autistic symptoms like:

*Social-Affection symptoms

*Gastrointestinal symptoms

*Receptive skills

*Sensory sensitivities

A healthy gut function is fundamental for boosting brain function. Sensory sensitivities continue to show that they can be improved by replenishing deficiencies and optimizing the gastrointestinal tract.

My son was very sensitive to loud noises. After improving his nutrition and replenishing nutrients that are low in his body, he is no longer wearing headphones or not having issues with loud noises. This is the power of nutrition in children with autism.

Can you imagine if not only you add probiotics but replenish vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and other crucial deficiencies in children with autism? Great things can happen!

Clinical research continues to show that when you improve the body of children with autism, the brain will start to heal.

Be relentless on your child with autism! Amazing things can happen if you continue to search for new ways to help them.

"The Secret of change is to focus all of your energy,

not on fighting the old, but on building the new."


There is Hope for Autism!

David Rivas, RPh, MSc, CCN

Pharmacist and Clinical Nutritionist/Consultant


(1): Li, Q., Han, Y., Dy, A. B. C., & Hagerman, R. J. (2017). The gut microbiota and autism spectrum disorders. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 11, 120

(2): Santocchi, E., Guiducci, L., Prosperi, M., Calderoni, S., Gaggini, M., Apicella, F., ... & Gastaldelli, A. (2020). Effects of Probiotic Supplementation on Gastrointestinal, Sensory and Core Symptoms in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11.


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