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Digestive Enzymes and ASD

A randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled trial looking into the effects of supplementary digestive enzymes, has found that they do not have an effect on ASD scores.  Compared with placebo, treatment with the enzymes was not associated with clinically significant improvement in behaviour, GI symptoms, sleep quality, engagement with therapist or language scores.  A small statistically significant improvement for food variety scores was found and should be investigated further.

Supplementary digestive enzymes do not appear to have a clinically significant effect on improving standardised scores for ASD. 

Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2010 40 (9) p1131-1138

Posted: January 2011 

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