The following are the most commonly used supplements for individuals with ASD. Dosages are set by the doctor, based on weight, preferably after testing shows a need.
- Calcium is a MUST if the child is on a dairy-free diet. There is not enough calcium in any multivitamin, so this must be given in a separate supplement.
- DMG/TMG raises glutathione and helps speech production.
- Enzymes aid digestion.
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), Omegas 3 and 6 (DHA, EPA) aid in brain development and relieve depression.
- Folic/Folinic acid aids oxidative stress/glutathione/methylation.
- Iron should be given only if tests show a need.
- Magnesium aids sleep and anxiety.
- Melatonin aids sleep.
- Probiotics improve immune and gut function.
- Vitamin A suppresses viruses, and aids the thyroid. It’s found in cod liver oil. If high dose is prescribed, take with Vitamin K.
- Vitamin B12 (MethylB12, MB12, Methylcobalamin) is usually given in shots. Hydroxy B12 is used if MB12 isn’t tolerated.
- Vitamin B6 is the most widely used supplement with ASD patients. It helps with detoxification, glutathione, neurotransmitters, blood and enzymes. Take with magnesium.
- Vitamin C aids the immune system and detoxification.
- Vitamin D3 aids calcium absorption, boosts the immune system, and is anti-inflammatory.
- Vitamin E aids the immune system and detoxification.
- Vitamin K should be used if the patient is on high-dose Vitamin A/cod liver oil.
- Zinc stimulates appetite and improves the immune system.
- Glutathione IV is most effective to aid detoxification, but Setria oral GSH has proven effective also.
- Neurotransmitter calmers (GABA, taurine, EFAs, B6, inositol, 5HTP, Magnesium, l-theanine) ease anxiety.
- Carnitine provides mitochondrial support to make energy.
- NADH (B3) and Ribose aid oxidative stress/glutathione/methylation.
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) is a form of cysteine, an amino acid that is the rate-limiting factor in the production of glutathione. N-Acetyl-Glycine may be used if the patient doesn’t tolerate NAC.
(Note: Information sourced from www.tacanow.org , please visit them for further information)