sulforaphane from broccoli helps autism

An new group of studies is beginning to suggest the possibility that there is safe, effective natural help for autism.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 68 children, but “[t]here is no cure for ASD, and despite advances in clinical therapies, there are no validated pharmacologic treatments for the core symptoms of ASD.”

A group of researchers had published an earlier 18 week double-blind study that found that 65% of men between the ages of 13 and 27 improved significantly when they were given sulforaphane derived from broccoli sprouts. None of the people given a placebo, however, did. Four weeks after the study, most of them had returned to previous levels now that they were no longer taking sulforaphane.

Their first study found that sulforaphane improved aberrant behaviour, social responsiveness, communication, irritability, hyperactivity and repetitive behaviour.

After the study was over, many of the parents wanted to continue giving their sons sulforaphane in the hope that they could maintain the improvement. So, the same group of researchers decided to follow them to see what happened.

Of the 16 families out of the original 25 who responded to the researchers’ request to follow up with their sons, 9 were still taking sulforaphane. According to the researchers, “Many parents and caregivers articulated the positive effects of [sulforaphane], both during the intervention phase and in the ensuing 3 years” of the follow up.

The impressive study and the promising follow up point to the possibility that sulforaphane could be an important supplement for people on the autism spectrum disorder. And it is not the first study to reveal that potential. At least one previous study has shown tremendous promise for a broccoli sprout extract that is rich in sulforaphane.


Glob Adv Health Med 2017;6:2164957X17735826


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