ANRC Comprehensive Nutritional Support Protocol

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Top 10 Nutrition Recommendations for ASD

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1. Healthy Diet:

  • 3-4 servings of healthy vegetables (esp. leafy greens)
  • 1-2 servings of fruit (especially whole fruit)
  • 2-3 servings of protein
  • Minimal sugar, junk food
  • Avoid artificial colors, flavors, preservatives
  • Organic if possible

2. Trial of gluten-free, casein-free diet

(1 month for casein, 3 months for gluten)

3. Vitamin/Mineral supplement:

ANRC Essentials or similar brand

4. Check iron and Vitamin D status

Iron: Low iron is especially common in individuals with sleep problems, young children, and females who are menstruating. Add iron if needed – but only if needed, as too much iron can also be a problem

Vitamin D: A blood test can detect if a person has low vitamin D - this is common if people have less than 1 hour/day of direct exposure to the sun. Windows, clothing, and sunscreen lotion block most of the sunlight needed to make vitamin D.

5. Essential Fatty Acids

especially needed if not eating 1 serving of fatty fish each week;

6. Amino Acids

especially if consuming insufficient protein

7. Carnitine

especially if not eating 2 or more servings/week of beef or pork

8. Digestive enzymes

especially if loose stools or gaseousness

9. Melatonin

if having problems sleeping

10. Trial of very high dose vitamin B6 with Mg

(8 mg B6 per pound of bodyweight, and half that for magnesium; i.e., for a 100 pound person, 800 mg B6 and 400 mg magnesium)