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SEP

Reduce Joint Pain with MSM

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If joint pain has become part of your life, you may want to learn about MSM supplements.

MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, has been used around the world for relief from osteoarthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, and inflammation. A naturally occurring mineral, MSM is an organic source of sulfur-containing compound, which has anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties that can block pain response in nerve fibers. It can also reduce scar tissue by altering the cross linking process in collagen to allow quicker tissue repair.

MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis as this incredible product has the ability to make cell walls flexible and elastic. If the concentration of MSM in the body is too low, the new cells lose some of their necessary flexibility, resulting in pain. MSM make cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and toxins to properly flow out.

A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that MSM supplementation was very effective in reducing exercise-induced muscle and joint pain. Three weeks of MSM supplementation at 3g per day attenuated post-exercise muscle and joint pain at clinically significant levels compared to placebo. It’s important to remember that results may take time to appear as some people may feel relief in as little as two weeks while others may only feel significant results after two or three months of supplementation. A good number of supplements for osteoarthritis as well as products to reduce joint-pain contain MSM in their formulas. These products often contain other effective ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid.




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SEP

Support Your Joint Health

Filed Under: Ask The ND,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments at 4:03 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
In this episode of LuckyVitamin’s Ask The ND, Dr. Jeremy Wolf explains how joints work, and how to keep them at peak performance.

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12
SEP

4 Supplements for Joint Health

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Concerns & Ailments,Superfoods at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
There are many different causes of joint pain and people feel it in different areas of the body. Knees, ankles, hips, and elbows are the most common areas but luckily, with many options available, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good supplement that works for you. We present you 4 supplements for joint health.

1. Glucosamine

One of the most popular products for joint support, glucosamine has the ability to give relief for mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis as well as other joints too. A natural chemical compound in the human body, glucosamine levels drop as you get older and supplementation can help maintain healthy levels. If you struggle to feel the results, try liquid or powder form as some people may not absorb much from tablets and capsules.

2. Collagen

Collagen supplements may provide beneficial effects on bone metabolism, especially in the calcium-deficient condition such as osteopenia. Collagen represents 90% of organic bone mass and cartilage consists of a single cell type made up of two major components: type II collagen which imparts tensile strength to the tissue and aggrecan that provides the ability of cartilage to resist compressive force. Regular synthesis ensures and maintains the biochemical characteristic of the cartilage but during osteoarthritis, this regulation is disrupted by the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules. These enzymes degrade aggrecan and collagen, resulting in the loss of cartilage and function.

3. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in the human body in connective tissue, joint fluid, skin and cartilage. Responsible for maintaining the body joints lubricated as well as keeping your skin smooth and elastic, HA is also produced by the human body but production tends to deplete as we age, which may lead to several joint issues such as osteoarthritis. In order to replenish healthy levels of this important body fluid, hyaluronic acid supplements may be one of the best ways to minimize joint pain and discomfort.

4. MSM

The nutrient MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in all vertebrates, including humans. MSM is already well-known for its joint health benefits as it delivers sulfur to the body in a useable way. Sulfur helps maintain the structure of connective tissue by forming cross-linkages through disulfide bonds. Critical to good joint health, sulfur strengthens the tissues that make up the joint.




11
SEP

New Brands Showcase: Pure Polar Labs

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of omega-3 supplements to our customers: Pure Polar Labs.

Pure Polar Labs is a brand of health nutrition products dedicated to helping you support good overall health. All products are scientifically crafted to deliver a powerful way to get the highest standard in omega-3 nutritional and astaxanthin nutrients.

Sustainably sourced, 100% natural, and made with the highest quality ingredients. Pure Polar’s “Promise to Consumers” is to formulate premium omega-3 supplements that deliver at least two times more omega-3s and 10 times more natural astaxanthin than krill oils. Every single shrimp oil supplement is made using oils extracted from sustainably sourced shrimp bi-products. Pure Polar is 100% natural and doctor formulated to deliver high concentrations of omega-3s, phospholipids, and the highest levels of natural astaxanthin versus competitor fish and krill oil products.

Pure Polar Omega-3 Shrimp Oil is made from environmentally friendly and sustainably-sourced shrimp shells from the cold waters of the North Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans. Shrimp is the most popular seafood choice in the United States, with consumption rates that surpass even salmon and tuna fish by a significant margin.

Pure Polar Omega-3 Shrimp Oil contains phospholipid bound EPA and DHA as well as more EPA and DHA from its quality omega-3 fish oil blends. It contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in phospholipid form, so it’s easily absorbed by your body resulting in no fishy aftertaste. Pure Polar Omega-3 Shrimp Oil comes in small softgels and extended release tablets.

You can save even more when you shop Pure Polar Labs products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.




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SEP

Move Better with Move Matrix

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Exercise and Fitness,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 3:30 pm | By: Guest Blogger
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NeoCell’s Move Matrix™ is a comprehensive joint formula containing scientifically advanced ingredients that work synergistically to support overall joint health and comfort. Connective tissue structure is aided by Collagen Type 2, MSM and Vitamin C for proper mechanical functioning. Joint hydration and cushioning are supported with  moisturizing nutrients hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin. A blend of powerful antioxidants turmeric, ginger root, resveratrol, boswelia, pine bark, and black pepper extracts help to help with a healthy inflammatory response.

A Detailed Look

Structure: Collagen is the main structural protein that creates a mesh framework that holds the body’s tissues together. Collagen production is enhanced by Vitamin C, which also holds the fibers of collagen together and provides antioxidant benefits. Likewise, MSM contains a bioactive form of Sulphur that creates strong bonds in connective tissue.

Hydration: Moisture is critical to joints because for both lubrication of the joints in the form of synovial fluid – much like motor oil lubricates an engine – and for cushioning as we move throughout daily life – much like the shocks on a car. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is responsible for drawing water molecules into the joint. Glucosamine and chondroitin work in conjunction with HA to form a gel-like “goo” that pads the joints.

Antioxidants: Free radicals are wrecking balls that bounce around the body and cause tissue degradation, resulting in pain and inflammation of the tissues. Antioxidants are nature’s way of neutralizing the destruction free radicals. Each antioxidant contains unique compounds that target different tissues and pathways within the body. An important distinction with antioxidant-containing herbs is the form and concentration of the active components. Ground powders are not condensed and bulky substances like fiber and cellulose remain. Extracts concentrate the value of the herbs by removing inactive components of the plant, resulting in a more powerful bioactivity in the body. For example, turmeric can be a seasoning used in cooking as a powdered root, but when curcumin is extracted it forms a highly effective supplement. The Move Matrix Blend™ contains multiple antioxidants in the form of supplement-grade extracts.

Anyone wanting an all-in-one joint formula should look no further than NeoCell’s Move Matrix™!




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SEP

Icelandic Astaxanthin by Algalife

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Superfoods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of supplements specialized in astaxanthin: Algalife.

Algalife believes that is possible to solve the nutritional needs of current and future generations through microalgae, which has the power to improve people’s health, support those with chronic diseases, address malnutrition and it’s 100% sustainable. Icelandic astaxanthin is the first step in this journey.

A powerful antioxidant naturally found in algae, shrimp, salmon, crab and lobster, astaxanthin has been the subject of numerous scientific studies affirming its antioxidant power and support for good health. Astaxanthin protects the entire cell, working in both the water and fat soluble part of the cell, and is known to support brain, eye, cardiovascular joint and skin health.

Each ingredient in Icelandic astaxanthin has been researched and clinically validated for safety. Iceland is the perfect location for cultivating the best quality Astaxanthin. Algae is very sensitive to the environment and is easily contaminated by air-borne pollutants and bacteria. Iceland offers clean air, pristine glacial waters and Algalife’s proprietary cultivation process is closed removing the risk of contamination from open ponds.

Algalife’s products do not contain GMOs and Icelandic astaxanthin uses non-GMO fish gelatin, never any porcine or bovine. The company’s facility in Iceland is 100% powered with local and sustainable geothermal water and processing systems are certified under GMP. Each pill is individually blister packed to reduce risk of contamination once the products have left the facility.

You can save even more when you shop Algalife products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo-code SEPT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. Offer expires 9/30/2016.




17
AUG

Water Talk!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments,Water Purification and Storage at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Everyone knows the importance of drinking water but there is always much debate about the amount of water people should drink per day. The eight glasses of water recommendation has been around for years but it’s not 100% accurate because other things must be factored in. Diet, body size, amount of physical activities, and the amount of sleep are just a few factors that make it so difficult to make a “one fits all” recommendation of how much water one should drink a day.

Drinking water is essential to your health but you don’t get all your fluids from just water. Other drinks and food also provide plenty of essential nutrients your body need for daily activities as well as to replenish the amount of water lost each day. Fluid losses occur continuously and in many different forms such as sweating, breathing, and urine. If you don’t replace these losses, dehydration may happen when your water intake does not equal your output.

Drinking water can help maintain the balance of body fluids but it’s important to remember that other drinks such as milk, juice, and even coffee (after all it’s made from water) also count for your fluid intake. Additionally, you can add to your hydration by simply eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, reducing the amount of water you need to drink every day. Cucumbers, watermelons, melons, oranges, and many other fruits contain excellent amounts of water as well as impotent vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that about 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods. Since the human body is composed of about 60% water, the functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

Water offer many other health benefits as studies have shown that it helps energize muscles, promote healthy kidneys, support weight loss, and maintain healthy skin.




15
JUL

The Aloe Factor

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Personal Care at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Sunburn happens. Safe the say most people have experience, at least once in their lifetime, the uncomfortable sensation of sunburn. Every now and then even the most careful people forget to apply sunblock or miss a certain spot, resulting is the painful, redness of sunburn.

One of the best ways to reduce blistering and redness is to treat sunburn immediately. Apply a cold, damp towel on your skin for 15 minutes to help take some of the heat out of your skin. Another great way to start treatment is to take a cold shower and try not to dry yourself, leaving water on the skin to minimize dryness.

Then, look for Aloe Vera, a natural moisturizing product known to stop burning sensations and prevent swelling. This incredible plant-product can help treat sunburn and is also an excellent choice to prevent more serious long-term skin problems such as scarring, wrinkles, dark spots, and melanoma.

Aloe Vera contains 150 vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, including zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, manganese, potassium, amino acids, and selenium. The glycoproteins and the lidocaine in Aloe Vera relieve pain and inflammation as the polysaccharides help repair damaged skin cells and trigger the formation of new ones.

Aloe Vera juice forms a protective layer over burned and peeling skin, hydrating it and holding moisture in. It penetrates deep into the damaged skin layers and reduces the pain and swelling associated with it. The best of Aloe Vera is that it has no side effects as it contains no harmful ingredients and is safe to use for children as well.




3
JUL

4 Tips for Boosting Energy

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Concerns & Ailments at 7:25 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Close-up of young man drinking water on the bridge.

There are few worse feelings than being completely, hopelessly devoid of energy. Think those times when even the most basic thoughts and movements require Herculean levels of effort to complete. Caffeine stimulants and sugary drinks might be the obvious quick-fix solutions to these debilitating scenarios, but they mostly act as short-term band-aids that wear off quickly and wreak havoc on your adrenals.

Next time you need a pick-me-up, try any of these four easy and FREE ways to boost your energy naturally, instead.

Drink Water

Water vs. coffee. Let’s be honest, on the surface this is hardly a fair fight. If you’re dragging, chances are you’re reaching for your mug over your water bottle every time. However, water holds a few subtle advantages in the energy department that you may not be aware of. Chief among them is that the oxygen in water travels to each cell of your body, stimulating cognitive and nerve functions. And here’s one more battle that water is going to win each and every time – it’s free!

Sleep

In order to stay healthy, our bodies require at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. However, just over 70% of Americans fall short (some significantly so) of that benchmark. One way to ease into a peaceful night’s slumber is through the practice of mediation. Take things to the next level by adding a relaxing lavender diffuser to your next night’s session. If you’re not quite ready to incorporate meditation into your daily regimen, the simplest thing you can do to catch more Z’s is to turn your bedroom into a device-free zone. The photoreceptors in your retinas get confused by the exposure to light given off by devices in the evening hours, so fight the urge to rattle off those late-night texts and emails for a more productive tomorrow.

Ditch the Sugar

Sure, sugar may give you that quick shot of energy that your body craves, but the rush is only short term. Consuming sugar triggers your body’s insulin response, which counteracts the sugar that you just consumed, inevitably leaving you more tired than before! Reaching for another sugary drink or snack just perpetuates the vicious circle. It’s a tough habit to kick, but breaking the sugar cycle is a key factor in helping you stay on point and maintain a healthy and productive energy level over the long haul.

Get Moving

When you engage in any kind of mildly strenuous physical activity your heart pumps more oxygen and nutrients into your bloodstream, which kicks your cardiovascular system into a higher gear, helping you feel more spry and energetic. Instead of staying tethered to your desk during your lunch hour, get your blood pumping with a brisk walk, instead.




24
JUN

4 Supplements to Improve Digestion

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Woman Has Stomach Ache Sitting on Bench at Park

Overeating is a common problem. Having digestive problems regularly should be so common. It may take time, and sometimes a visit to a doctor, for some people to realize the difference between just eating a little bit too much more than you should and feeling too full because your digestive system isn’t working properly. A few supplements can be helpful, so we present you 4 supplements to improve digestion.

1. Probiotics

Known as one of the best products to support the digestive system, probiotics contain living organics such as bacteria and yeast that can help improve gut flora composition. Some probiotic products can also provide relief from diarrhea as well as minimize symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

2. Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes can help in many different ways from speeding up digestion to alleviating constipation, from reducing the full feeling to minimizing bloating. These supplements contain a variety of ingredients known to enhance digestion and can also help with food absorption, increasing the amount of vitamins and minerals people get from food.

3. Fiber

Fiber is known to bulk up stools and relieve constipation but this natural product can also help digestion on a regular basis. An ingredient in laxatives, psyllium has high fiber content and it’s able to absorb water in the intestines. That makes the stool bulky and easier to pass. It’s important when treating constipation to drink plenty of fluids.

4. Betaine HCL

Betaine HCL is known to help alleviate heartburn and can be taken on a regular basis. Additionally, betaine HCL also has the ability to help the stomach break down fats and proteins from food, assisting in the general detoxification processes in the body. It is an essential component for metabolizing and absorbing food, and is particularly needed for assimilating proteins, vitamin B12, calcium, and iron.




2
JUN

Work With Your Body To Get Over Your Allergies

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Aids,Health Concerns & Ailments at 8:30 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
iStock_000039318340_SmallAllergies are an immune response by the body to various substances—many of which aren’t necessarily harmful. However, because the body thinks these substances are damaging, it develops a response to inhibit the substance from advancing further into body and attempts to rid itself of the substance as quick as possible. This is why a person has symptoms like swollen tissues, sneezing, congestions, and runny eyes and nose. These symptoms are the body’s defense led by the chemical histamine.

In order to treat the symptoms, some doctors and medical professionals suggest medicated nasal sprays that have decongestants, antihistamines, or a steroid, aimed to treat symptoms. They block histamine, impede mucus production, or constrict blood vessels to decrease inflammation. All of this may help to reduce symptoms and help a person feel better.

However, relieving the symptoms doesn’t get rid of the cause of the problem—the allergens. In fact, medicated nasal sprays go against the body’s natural defenses. If the allergens are allowed to stay in the system, then the body can still react to them, and when the medication quits, the symptoms could come back. Some medicated nasal sprays can actually make symptoms worse after you stop using them or even be habit-forming. The body becomes even more congested unless the decongestant is used consistently.

Luckily there’s an alternative to the medicated nasal spray, Xlear Nasal Spray. Xlear works with the body to rid itself of contaminants and relieve congestion due to allergies. Xlear is a hypertonic solution, meaning it pulls the extra moisture out of swollen, inflamed tissues. This opens up the airway.  The additional moisture and saline also thin the mucus, which traps the contaminants, helping it to leave the body more quickly. Since the contaminants are out of the body, it doesn’t produce histamine and you don’t have the unwanted symptoms. Xlear is natural and non-medicated. It can be used as much as needed, by anyone of any age.

Along with Xlear Nasal Spray, the Xlear Sinus Care line also has a neti pot, and rinse bottle so you can have the benefits of the patented Xlear solution in a more thorough cleanse. Enjoy outside again. Breathe better with Xlear.




11
MAY

5 Places You’re Forgetting To Put Sunscreen

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 1:23 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
father applying sunblock cream on daughters shoulder, sun protectionYou spent all day soaking up the sun only to wake up the next day with a wicked burn and a deep yearning for a bottle of aloe vera to dull the pain. Sound familiar?

Some of the worst burns happen on overcast days when cloud-filled skies can cause even the most faithful sun worshippers to (unwisely) skip the screen, unknowing that 80% of the sun’s UV rays can easily slice through the typical cloud coverage. Even if you do apply, just because you lather up your legs, arms and face doesn’t mean that you’re completely protected.

Here are some oft overlooked spots that need some sunscreen love!

Ears – When you apply sunscreen to your face don’t forget the ears. Whether you’re driving or wearing a baseball hat, remember that your ears are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. A recent study from the Skin Cancer Foundation found the ears to be one of the most common places to find skin cancer.

Scalp – Greasy hair, don’t care! Apply sunscreen on your hair or (if you’re follicley challenged) scalp to prevent a painful burn. Even better, wear a hat (but see above about making sure your ears are protected). A team of researcher at UNC found that the most deadly melanoma skin cancers occur on this area of your body. Tip: use a Q-tip for an easy, clean application.

Tops of Feet – Did you know the soles of feet have a layer of dead skin cells which protect against UV rays? Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the tops of our feet which, of course, actually face the sun. Plus, getting burnt here is pretty painful especially if you have to wear shoes.  

Lips – Whether you’re sipping on a tropical smoothie or eating some healthy snack on the beach, lip protection can come off pretty easily, so reapplying is always a good idea. Our top pick combines organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and vitamin E to protect your lips under the harshest conditions.

Tops of Hands – Our hands show age and sun spots before our face. Reapplying here is key, especially if you wash your hands a lot. Here’s a little tip from us: use face sunscreen on your hands. It’s loaded with ingredients to prevent further damage. This ultra-sheer lotion features fruit stem cells to diminish photo-aging and stimulate healthy cell renewal for age-defying benefits




3
MAY

The Benefits of a Probiotic

probioticsProbiotics balance the spectrum of live organisms that naturally colonize the human GI tract. Probiotic bacteria is essential for healthy digestion, ensures the intestinal lining stays up to par and aids in the detoxification process.

Immune Support – Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located within your digestive system? Simply put: a healthy gut equals a healthy you! Without a good probiotic, your body cannot absorb fiber, sugars or starches. The good bacteria in your GI tract converts carbs into energy and nutrients for your body.

Childhood Allergies – A recent study found that women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a 30 percent reduction in the instance of childhood eczema (an early sign of allergies) in their infants.

Weight Control – Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than those whose weights fell in the “normal” range. Weight factors including metabolism, hormones and inflammation are all influenced by gut health andprobiotics can help restore this system back to balance.

Women’s Health – Probiotics play an important role in maintaining balance and preventing bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections in women. Also, L. acidophilius can not only help prevent infection but can help manage active ones.

Urinary Health – If you suffer from frequent UTI then you need a probiotic, stat! The good bacteria may help fight off bad bacteria that can invade your urinary tract.

Infant Health – Colicky babies can benefit from a probiotic. According to Italian researchers, infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic. And it can also help with constipation and acid reflux in babies.

 




19
APR

Non-GMO: Your Right to Know Webinar

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Supplements at 10:45 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
This webinar will focus on defining what genetically modified organisms are, how to avoid them and how they might be found in foods and supplements you consume each day. You will also learn about the Non-GMO Project’s practices for GMO avoidance.

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12
APR

April Is National Autism Awareness Month

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Health Concerns & Ailments at 2:13 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
Boy putting hands together like therapist sittingAutism awareness has come very far since it was first diagnosed in the 1940’s. Autism spectrum disorder or ASD is a term used for a group of complex disorders that develops early in childhood. It’s characterized by varying degrees of abnormalities in social interaction, verbal as well as non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, interests or activities.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the rate for autism is currently around 1 in 68. Research also shows that the disease is four to five times more common among boys than girls. While the actual etiology of autism at this point is unknown there are many speculations to its cause, some of which include genetics, abnormalities in brain structure or function, obstetric complications, exposure to environmental toxins or prenatal and perinatal infections.  Regular screening of infants and toddlers for autism is imperative because early interventions can greatly increase positive outcomes for children with ASD. Autism itself is a very complex disorder and treatment is difficult. Just as there may be no one cause of autism, there is really no one treatment approach and it seems that a multidisciplinary approach may be best.  Below are some recommendations for management of ASD.

  • Special Education, Speech, Behavior, Occupational and Physical Therapy are all critical in the management of children with autism and parents should seek help from therapists as soon as a diagnosis of autism has been made. Parents may experience challenging behaviors from their child and these professionals can offer effective ways to help modify those behaviors.
  • Diet is a topic that goes hand in hand with autism. There are many diets such as the Ketogenic Diet, Feingold Diet, GAPS Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Low Oxalate Diet that claim to help children with autism. There has been limited anecdotal evidence that suggests that dietary measures may be helpful. However, in my practice I have seen that diet may play a key role in the intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of its key symptoms. One of the most talked about dietary intervention in these children includes the removal of gluten and casein from their diets.  Gluten is the protein found in wheat and casein makes up the protein found in dairy. While gluten and dairy removal may have noticeable impact on behavior in some children with autism not all families report benefits. When removing gluten or dairy from your children’s diets to see if it is beneficial, it’s important to have 100% strict removal for at least 6-8 weeks.
  • Many children with autism are not meeting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that nutritional imbalances in children with autism are common and some may be very important. It’s important to consult with a trained health care provider who can help you assess your child’s diet and supplement intake to make sure they’re meeting proper recommended intake of nutrients. Below are some common supplements that may be helpful in children with autism. When choosing supplements, make sure they are gluten and dairy free, have no added sugars, limited added fillers/excipients, and are free of artificial colors, dyes, and flavors.
  • A lot of research has been done in recent years that shed light on the importance of vitamin DVitamin D is actually a hormone that has the ability to turn on and off genes. Researchers have begun to look at the role of vitamin D deficiency in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There was a case report out of China that showed improved symptoms in a child with low vitamin D levels after treatment with vitamin D.  One research article found an increased prevalence of autism in the USA in regions of greater cloud cover and rainfall. Also in the US the rate of autism for children 6-17 years of age is highest in regions with the lowest solar UVB. These are both factors that influence vitamin D levels in the body.  More research is needed and currently being done on the connection between vitamin D and autism.
  • There is a great deal of research that associates abnormal intestinal or gut flora with ASD development. Therefore, probiotics may play a crucial role in helping to regulate intestinal flora and restore normal gut flora in children diagnosed with autism.
  • We know fatty acids are essential for the development and proper function of the brain. Several small-scale studies looking at fish oils containing the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have shown that these supplements may lead to improvements in children suffering from ASD.  Specifically fish oils may improve hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors and socialization.
  • Glutathione made up of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamine), has many functions in the body, one of which is detoxification. The body’s detoxifications systems are important in protecting against both internal as well as external toxins. It is believed that the concentration of reduced glutathione is decreased in children with ASD as well as other factors associated with methylation. According to one study, supplementation with methylcobalamin, the preferred form of supplementation for vitamin B12 and Folinic Acid (a folate derivative), increased concentrations of cysteine, cysteinylglycine and glutathione. The study also found that although the mean metabolite concentrations improved significantly the levels remained below those of the neuro-typical control children.

While there are certainly other supplements that may help improve symptoms of autism these are just a few to start and build a foundation. As always, it is important to consult your child’s health care provider before starting supplementation due to the potential for interactions and side effects.