Popular supplement may help slash autism risk
It’s an emotional swing that can be so sudden and shocking that it will practically give you whiplash.
You experience all the excitement and joy of adding a new baby or grandbaby to your family. And then, maybe just a year or two down the road, a doctor hits you with the news.
The poor child has been diagnosed with autism.
Autism rates have been skyrocketing over the past few decades, and the mainstream has barely done a thing about it. That’s because for years most doctors saw autism as something you deal with AFTER the fact – instead of trying to prevent it.
But all that may be starting to change, thanks to some new research out of Texas A&M University. Because a new study proves that supplementing with a popular amino acid during pregnancy may actually stop autism before it develops.
You see, autism has been linked to a genetic defect that can cause a serious deficiency in l-carnitine. You’ve probably heard a bit about the importance of l-carnitine for muscle and heart health – but it’s also essential for babies’ developing brains.
In fact, in their study done on mice, researchers found that supplementing with l-carnitine during pregnancy may be able to offset deficiencies and help babies’ brains develop normally.
And this isn’t the first study showing that l-carnitine can be a useful tool for fighting autism. Previous research found that regular l-carnitine supplements can help improve behavioral problems in autistic kids.
The good news is that you can get plenty of l-carnitine in your diet from foods we all love, like meat and eggs.
But supplementing with l-carnitine may be an easy way to help protect a developing baby from a debilitating condition like autism – before it’s too late.*
*Reminder: Pregnant women should always discuss any supplements they’re taking with their doctors.