Autism PREVENTION Part 3: Nutritional and Vitamin Deficiency

Autism Prevention

Topic number 3 for Autism Prevention Month is Nutritional Deficiencies and Vitamin Deficiencies…. Here are just a few of the scientific links that have been found between vitamin/nutritional deficiencies and autism. The real question is, which came first the autism or the deficiency?  None the less, it is a place to start for prevention and recovery of those who already have an autism diagnosis- by correcting the deficiency! And the PREVENTION piece comes into play encouraging the medicla community and public health communities to test for these deficiencies at birth and in childhood… AND prenatally, because a deficiency in any of these nutrients in a pregnant mother can have a developmental impact on her unborn child. Here are just a few vitamin/nutrient deficiencies to look into:

Vitamin B12-

Vitamin B12 optic neuropathy in autism.

Low folate and vitamin B12 nourishment is common in Omani children with newly diagnosed autism.

Pilot study of the effect of methyl B12 treatment on behavioral and biomarker measures in children with autism

Vitamin B6-

Biomedical aspects of pyridoxal 5′-phosphate availability.

Vitamin D-

Babyfoodsteps info on Vitamin D

Vitamin D and autism: clinical review.


Case study – Cerebral Folate deficiency and autism

Autoantibodies to Folate Receptors in the Cerebral Folate Deficiency Syndrome


A common X-linked inborn error of carnitine biosynthesis may be a risk factor for nondysmorphic autism.

A prospective double-blind, randomized clinical trial of levocarnitine to treat autism spectrum disorders.


Babyfoodsteps info on Glutathione
Evidence of oxidative damage and inflammation associated with low glutathione redox status in the autism brain.

You may also like to read:

Part 1 – Autism Prevention- Autoimmune Family History

Part 2- Autism Prevention- Mitochondrial Toxin Exposure


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6 Responses to Autism PREVENTION Part 3: Nutritional and Vitamin Deficiency

  1. Joan says:

    Hi, several times in the past few years I have been told that my vit B12 and B6 levels were too high. Since I am very salicylate intolerant this doesn’t make sense. I don’t take vit.. B supplements eirher. Do u think its possible to be very liw in the B’s but still get an incorrect high reading if u are not propoerly absorbing them ? Thanks joan

    • You may be seeing high B12 and B6 levels because these nutrients are not making it INTO your cells… but rather they are circulating (unused) in your bloodstream. One test that may provide someclues is called spectracell micronutrient test which looks at your vitamin levels INTERCELLULARLY…
      let me know if you need more info!

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  5. Shari says:

    I don’t know if you have looked into vitamin B3 Niacin Dr. Hoffer and Andrew Saul have written much about orthomolecular use of vitamins. Found your site posted on a FB group for Alternative treatments for children with IBD. My child was “reactive” reacting with rash to sunlight and varicella shot (within just a few minutes), she was also sick with what would seem a “rash” in her colon. That was known as ulcerative colitis. According to book Niacin The Real Story by above authors, Niacin helps the body get rid of histamine “sitting there” waiting to react. So this helps folks with fatal peanut allergies live better. We took Niacin, she is better now, by various means and who know which, or all helped? She is not “reactive” like that anymore. Not sure why this would not deserve the thorough investigation of the rest of what you have here. Which I must add is very good, so thank you…:)

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