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carnitine therapy helps autism

A small trial looking at the effects of carnitine therapy on autism have found that after 3 months, measurements of ASD severity improved significantly.

Carnitine is needed for long-chained fatty acids to enter the mitochondria in cells and there is growing evidence that there is a degree of mitochondrial dysfunction in many individuals with autism.  Low levels of carnitine and ATP ( energy made by mitochondria ) have been found in children with ASD compared with neurotypical children.

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Posted: October 2011


Geier et al, 2011 ' A prospective double-blind, randomised clinical trial of levocarnitine to treat autism spectrum disorders' Medical Science Monitor 17 (6) p115-123

Filipek et al, 2004 ' Relative carnitine deficiency in autism ' Journal of Autistic Developmental Disorders 34 (6) p615-623

Adams et al, 2011 ' Nutritional and Medical Status of Children with Autism vs Neurotypical Children' Nutrition and Metabolism 8:34

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