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Diet and Autism

An interview with Brian Udell, MD.

Are there any other supplements you recommend to your patients?

I recommend omega-3 fatty acids because it is well known that these are "good fats" that can help reduce inflammation. Parents can try salmon, cod liver oil, or use mercury-free supplements. 

How can probiotics help GI symptoms?

Probiotics contain healthy bacteria and can improve the microflora in the GI tract. Kids with autism tend to have abnormal GI flora, and when they routinely ingest probiotics, their stools can improve. I suggest a probiotic with 1.5 to 4 billion bacterial colonies, depending on the age of the child. These are available in the grocery store. 

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Reviewed on February 01, 2010

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