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June 2015

Are Dietary Supplements Beneficial for Children with Autism?

According to a new study, taking a multivitamin does not benefit children with autism. While there are some common micronutrient deficiencies in autistic children, dietary supplements are often misused. Vitamin D and calcium deficiencies, which are the most common, are often not corrected, and supplement use can lead to excess vitamin Afolate and zinc intake.

References

  1. Stewart PA, Hyman SL, Schmidt BL, et al. Dietary Supplementation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Common, Insufficient, and Excessive. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jun 2.

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