N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) Improves Behavior of Autistic Children
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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A 12-week pilot study with autistic children showed that N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) reduced unwanted anti-social behavior. NAC has a two-pronged benefit: it helps boost cellular levels of the key antioxidant enzyme system glutathione and it helps calm down hyper and irritable nerves.
“We’re not talking about mild things: This is throwing, kicking, hitting, the child needing to be restrained,” said Antonio Hardan, MD, primary author of the study. “It can affect learning, vocational activities and the child’s ability to participate in autism therapies. Today, in 2012, we have no effective medication to treat repetitive behavior such as hand flapping or any other core features of autism.”
What they do have is extremely toxic antipsychotic medications that turn children into zombies with type 2 diabetes. Does the benefit of behavior suppression outweigh the risks? That question is quite difficult to answer.
Children with autism have depleted antioxidant capacity with hyper excited nerves – for whatever reason. Part of dealing with this issue is restoring antioxidant capacity and nourishing red-hot nerves. NAC is one of many nutrients that can be employed, working to boost up the core antioxidant enzyme system within nerve cells. Additionally, NAC possesses properties indicating it can calm excitotoxic nerve issues.
Previously NAC has been shown to help schizophrenia, bipolar, and even gambling addiction. While the new study is preliminary it does show the potential of NAC as a front line treatment for children with autism disorders. For best results NAC should be used with other antioxidants as part of a team, since many antioxidants work synergistically together to rejuvenate each other.
NAC is also an excellent immune boosting supplement. If children with autism get sick then the toxins of the infection will further irritate the nerves, as will any antibiotics. Thus, keeping autistic children well is also highly important.
In multiple ways NAC is a good basic nutrient for autistic children.
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