What Doctors Say
Some doctors say (1) that an important part of therapy for autistic children, is to normalise levels of copper and zinc in the blood, which may be due to environmental factors. In one particular study (1), high levels of copper and low levels of zinc were shown to be a factor in autism. Indeed, the study went much further, saying that metallothionein (MT) dysfunction was the primary cause of autism, with high levels of copper and other heavy metals being a key factor.
What you may be asking yourself is. What is metallothionein?
Metallothionein Theory (MT) of Autism
The Metallothionein Theory (MT) of autism (1) relates to Metallothionein Proteins. A study involving 503 autistic patients, showed that the bodies of autistic people do not filter out heavy metals such as copper as efficiently. Blood tests demonstrated that autistic patients had copper levels that were above normal. For this reason, their body’s MT proteins were not functioning properly.
MT protein system & How Spirulina Might Help
Dr Walsh explains (1) what the MT Protein System is in his study (1) and highlights how MT proteins help inter-alia (amongst other things) to detox heavy metals, support the immune system, prevent yeast overgrowth and help to improve the memory. This may help to explain why you find testimonials saying how spirulina helped them with an autistic child*. Looking beyond how spirulina helps nutritionally, known spirulina benefits include helping to prevent yeast overgrowth, perhaps supporting the immune system. And it is thought to help the brain (memory and cognitive) functions.
An unrelated report from 2018 that is discussed in this click through, provides further supporting evidence that spirulina might help in the management of autism.
Spirulina May Also Help Academic Performance!
One study in Senegal demonstrated that it improved academic improvement of children. This click through explains more.
Spirulina Detoxes Heavy Metals – The Evidence – Its known to be great for detoxing !
Spirulina has been consumed for many years in Chile (3) where the water table has high levels of copper, other heavy metals, and arsenic (Bangladesh, India, Taiwan too) which fed into their drinking water. Spirulina has been used to help with detoxing of heavy metals in the bloodstream of people in mining areas of Chile (4). In an unrelated animal study involving fish (4), it was shown that spirulina helps to remove copper
from the blood stream.
Recognised To Help Detoxing
Studies have also been shown to indicate that it may be useful for the treatment of chronic arsenic poisoning. Whilst not directly related to autism, spirulina is also known to detox radiation poisoning (it was used to help children in Chernobyl, Ukraine and has been also used to detox people suffering from agent orange from the Vietnam war. The point being that spirulina has long been recognised to help detox the body. And that is before you consider the incredible nutritional benefits of spirulina, which is a great benefit if you have a fussy eater in the family.
If you would like to try some spirulina, we recommend you choose carefully. We explain why in our history of spirulina page. You may also wish to check the other conditions that well selected spirulina might help you with.
It Might Improve The Symptoms Of Your Autistic Child
We recognise that suggesting spirulina might be a cure for autism is highly contentious. We understand that each autistic child is unique and different. So, we want to make ourselves clear, we are not suggesting it is a cure. However, it might help you to mitigate or help manage the symptoms of a loved one in your life who has autism. If you conduct a search of the internet, you will find testimonials* from people describing how spirulina has helped them to manage the autism of a loved one:
“How Spirulina Helped Heal My Family Of Autism And Seizures” (5)
“I noticed an amazing difference in Andrew’s memory and communication skills”(6)
The “first change we noticed after giving our son spirulina was a new sign of emotion that we had not seen before. If you are raising a child with autism, you know sometimes the only emotions that are clearly expressed are joy and anger”. (7)
And these potential benefits with autistic children are before you consider the amazing nutritional benefits of this superfood. Just 1 gram of this superfood supplement is the equivalent of 1 kg of mixed fruit and veg in terms of nutritional benefits. A scientist explains why, in this click through.
You might wish to try spirulina, both for the nutritional benefits and the potential benefits to managing the autism of a loved one. Please carefully note, that spirulina is a superfood, not a medication, so it’s likely to be a few months before your notice anything.
Whilst spirulina is a superfood, don´t forget to check with your Doctor or Medical Professional.
Where to Buy?
How Much To Take?
If you are looking for advice on how much to take, we have a page dedicated to this which we hope you find useful. We also have some recipes about including spirulina powder in your diet. For a child, this might be easier than taking tablets.
(1) Disordered Metal Metabolism in Autism Spectrum Disorders by William J. Walsh, Ph. D.
(2) Effect of dietary Spirulina on reduction of copper toxicity and improvement of growth, blood parameters and phosphatases activities in carp, Cirrhinus mrigala (Hamilton, 1822)
(3) Chile has a long history of mining which is why in mining areas, arsenic and other heavy metals is found in the ground water. Today they do not have the problem they had in the past as much of their water is now desalinated but it used to be a serious problem and spirulina was part of the solution.
(4) Effect of dietary Spirulina on reduction of copper toxicity and improvement of growth, blood parameters and phosphatases activities in carp, Cirrhinus mrigala (Hamilton, 1822) R James , K Sampath, R Nagarajan, P Vellaisamy, M Maripandi Manikandan
(5) “How Spirulina Helped Heal My Family Of Autism And Seizures” blissedlife (dot) com
(6) “I noticed an amazing difference in Andrew’s memory and communication skills” by Mary in Virginia
(7) jb-ourtriptoparis.blogspot (dot)com
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