Every Autistic Child Needs This Supplement
Autism is a serious problem in the United States, effecting one out of every 68 children.1 With boys having a four to five times greater chance to have autism than girls.
Autism is a behaviorally defined syndrome beginning before three years of age characterized by pervasive deficits in social interaction, impairment in verbal and non-verbal communication, and stereotyped patterns of interests and activities. Currently there is no curative treatment for autism.2
Studies have shown an association between the risk of autism spectrum disorder and vitamin D insufficiency. In this latest study, 109 children with autism spectrum disorder were randomized to receive four months of vitamin D3 supplementation or a placebo (a sugar pill). The group receiving vitamin D3 supplementation saw a significant change in behavior, compared to the placebo group.
This study is the first double-blinded RCT proving the efficacy of vitamin D3 in ASD patients. Oral vitamin D supplementation may safely improve signs and symptoms of ASD and should be recommended for children with ASD.
The daily doses used in the therapy group was 300 IU vitamin D3/kg/day, not to exceed 5,000 IU/day. The autism symptoms of the children improved significantly, following 4-month vitamin D3 supplementation, but not in the placebo group. This study demonstrates the efficacy and tolerability of high doses of vitamin D3 in children with ASD.
This research shows great reasoning to why every autistic child needs this supplement.
Study Citation: Khaled Saad et al, Randomized controlled trial of vitamin D supplementation in children with autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2016). DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12652