National Autism Awareness Month

imagesaprilAutismCause of Autism

There is no known single cause for autism, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of the brain in children with autism versus neuro-typical children. Researchers are investigating a number of theories, including the link between heredity, genetics and medical problems. In many families, there appears to be a pattern of autism or related disabilities, further supporting a genetic basis to the disorder. While no one gene has been identified as causing autism, researchers are searching for irregular segments of genetic code that children with autism may have inherited. It also appears that some children are born with a susceptibility to autism, but researchers have not yet identified a single “trigger” that causes autism to develop.

Other researchers are investigating the possibility that under certain conditions, a cluster of unstable genes may interfere with brain development, resulting in autism. Still other researchers are investigating problems during pregnancy or delivery as well as environmental factors, such as viral infections, metabolic imbalances, and exposure to environmental chemicals.

Facts:

  • 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder.1
  • Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 88 births.2
  • 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.3
  • Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate.4
  • More children are being diagnosed at earlier ages—a growing number (18%) of them by age 3. According to the CDC, research has shown that a diagnosis of autism at age 2 can be reliable, valid and stable. Still, most children are not diagnosed until after they reach age 4. Learn the signs at http://www.autism-society.org.
  • Lifetime care for an individual with autism can cost up to $3.2 million.

Pinnaclife supported research and Autism

Consider Antioxidants. Oxidative stress is a kind of cellular level damage that can have serious health-effecting consequences. Oxidative stress is caused by the build-up of harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) within the cell. Antioxidants bind to and quench ROS and free radicals reducing their ability to damage the cell.

Olivamine10TM is a proprietary blend of several antioxidants. Its main ingredient is the powerful antioxidant pulled from the olive, hydroxytyrosol. It contains L-cysteine and glycine, which gives the body the components it needs in order to make glutathione, which is a natural antioxidant that works against oxidative stress. It also has several protective amino acids and other antioxidants. Today, scientists are beginning to understand that oxidative stress damage accumulated over time can cause or speed the progression of several diseases.

A study large-scale study of autistic and healthy children, found that autistic children had high levels of protein and DNA damage caused by oxidative stress while healthy children did not.1 Mutated, faulty mitochondrial, the main energy producer of the cell, may play a large role in Bipolar and Schizophrenia.3 Adults with Adult Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AADHD) have significantly higher ROS levels and significantly lower natural antioxidant levels than unaffected adults.4

Antioxidants and polyphenols are chemicals that act to protect the body from free radicals and ROS. Hydroxytyrosol and N-aceytl-L-cysteine are two powerful antioxidants found in Olivamine10TM.

Vitamin B6. A study of autistic children found that autistic children needed more vitamin B6, than unaffected children. Autistic children who took a multivitamin containing vitamin B6 and a mineral supplement experienced better gastrointestinal health and slept longer than children who were not taking the supplement.5

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