Autism and Nutraceuticals
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3100, 5180; Level 2
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.3.1, 8.3.6, 10.4.4
This continuing education course reviews the characteristics, prevalence, etiology, and common comorbidities of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The course also examines the role that nutraceuticals such as multivitamin and mineral supplements, vitamin C, methyl B12, vitamin B6, carnitine, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, and carnosine can play in the treatment of patients, particularly children, with ASD.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Understand potential causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including genetic and environmental risk factors.
- Explain the link between gastrointestinal dysfunction and ASD.
- Discuss the possible role of various nutraceuticals to treat ASD.
- Explain the potential role of methyl B12 as a treatment for a subgroup of ASD patients.
Elizabeth Strickland, MS, RD, LD is the author of Eating for Autism: The 10-Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Your Child’s Autism, Asperger’s, or ADHD. Strickland has more than 30 years of experience as a pediatric dietitian specializing in ASD and co-occurring conditions.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR