My sons’ bodies needed additional supplements since their gut was damaged and not absorbing enough nutrients from the foods they ate. The basic multi-vitamin was first. I started with Kirkman Labs and their multi-vitamin formulated for kids on the spectrum, Super Nu-Thera (the hypoallergenic powder, that had no flavoring in it.) This gave them all the vitamins and some minerals their bodies needed, in addition to the foods they ate. Since they didn’t swallow capsules yet, I had to mix everything into food/drinks. Super Nu-Thera has a high dose of Vitamin B6 and magnesium. The B vitamins are so important for neurological functions and The Autism Reasearch Institute found that most ASD kids needed the extra B6. For my son, it was evident the first week he started on it. He was 4 years old and still couldn’t potty train. He just seemed to not care, or even know when he had to go. He never even had the typical “pee, pee dance”. After the first week on the multi-vitamin, he developed the dance. That was an “AHA!” moment for me. His brain needed these vitamins to help it function properly. And potty training finally worked.
There are so many other supplements that help children with biomedical issues, and I will write about the ones that I have experienced with my sons in the weeks to come.
My son with autism takes the following supplements: B complex, magnesium, Taurine, CoQ10, Acetyl l-carnitine, GABA, TMG, folinic acid, selenium, molybdenum, probiotics, EFAs, Vitamins A, C, D, & E, zinc, and methyl B12 shots (twice a week). He also is on Liverlife and OSR for detoxification support and Biocidin to control bad bacteria in his gut.
My son with ADHD takes the following supplements: B1, B6, magnesium, folinic acid, EFA’s, Vitamins A, C, & D, Taurine, GABA, probiotics, Acetyl l-carnitine, CoQ10, pycnogenol, sub-lingual methyl B12, and Biocidin for gut bacteria. Both of my sons use digestive enzymes with meals.
We have switched from a multi-vitamin supplement to individual vitamins so we can control the dose individually based on laboratory results and their own vitamin/mineral needs. For instance, my older son needs extra B1 (thiamine) so he takes a B complex that is high in B1 with the basic amounts of the other B vitamins. And we like to control how much vitamin C both boys get to keep constipation at bay. If you have any questions of the supplements we use, please post it in the comment section below.