Best Foods for Autism

If you are looking for good dietary choices, broccoli has been shown to reduce enzymes that cause not only autism, but multiple types of cancer as well. Studies have indicated that broccoli sprouts are an excellent choice for reducing abnormal behaviors in both children and young adults.

This video teaches us about the benefits of sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli. It also discusses a double-blind study that tested the effects of sulforaphane on autistic individuals.

Best Foods for Autism
By: NutritionFacts.org
Initial Air Date: Sep 27, 2017
Source: YouTube

What We Learned from this Video:

  • The enzyme TOR has been found to be particularly active in autistic people, hinting that it may be one of the causes of autism.
  • It may be possible to reduce the effects of autism by inhibiting TOR.
  • The compound sulforaphane, found in broccoli, has been shown to block the TOR enzyme. 
  • A double-blind study showed that sulforaphane produced significant improvements in autistic people, though the effects lessened when they stopped taking it.
  • It is important to note that these effects are achieved best with broccoli itself, not supplements.

Incorporating broccoli regularly in meals can help people with autism socially and cognitively. For more ways nutrition can benefit you and your teen or child with autism, check out our other videos about nutrition.

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