Noticing our son's immediate calming down after eating two foods high in vitamin C, i started wondering about a connection, and doing some research- there's not a whole lot online about this, and so far i haven't found any other experiential evidence of a similar occurence, BUT, many things are noteworthy, leading me to believe there could be a connection between a vitamin C deficiency and th' more disruptive behaviours often associated with autism, such as:
Vitamin C is quickly depleted in humans, and so has to be constantly replenished-
The main reason vitamin C is depleted is from stress-
When vitamin C levels are low the immune system doesn't work properly meaning anything likely to go wrong with your body will, leading to more stress....
many other vitamins depend upon vitamin C for proper absorption, such as iron and vitamin E
most people with autism have overworked and overstressed immune systems, which means they need to take in more vitamin C than average.
also, signs of a vitamin C deficiency are fatigue, lack of appetite, irritability, and gastrointestinal irritability and problems
our son seems to go through time when he's craving vitamin C rich foods, so now we're trying to give him more of those whenever we can, and also have started him on some vitamin C chewables, which he loves.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. We're keeping notes to see if in th' long run this will have any affect on his behaviour.
Sorry it took me a while to respond to this for some reason the message that you had posted it never got through to me. Since you mentioned the link you had noticed with vitamin c i have been thinking a lot about it. Rowan really craves juice. If we will let him he will drink carton after carton of it. I think he partly just really likes the taste but I wonder if some of it is the vitamin c the juice contains. We of course only get him organic juice which is high in vitamin c and we do of course limit the amount he is allowed to drink and make sure he gets lots of water too but it occurred to me it could be for a similar reason. I will keep an eye on it and report back.
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We've been watching Fynn's behaviour after a few months of increased vitamin C intake-
we haven't really seen any long term improvement that we can attribute to the Vitamin C, but one thing that we have learned from this is to watch his cravings- His diet has been very limited, and we are always watching for and trying new and creative ways to add nutrition, usually in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables. Every once in a while he gets these cravings for certain foods, usually fruits or berries, and they last for a day or two. When we load him up with these foods he does much better- more energy, less dark circles under his eyes, more patience, more tolerance for change, etc... so no waiting till meal or snack times or whatever, if he wants to eat something that is good for him he can have it.
Anyone else have any ideas/observations related to this?
That's great that you're seeing improvement in Fynn's appetite. I do believe that when we provide our bodies with all the nutrients it needs, that our bodies function better.
Vit C is used by our bodies in various ways. It helps our bones and skin and to repair/regenerate tissues. It helps with the absorption of iron. It's a great antioxidant and fights free radicals and nitrites. That's just a snippet of what benefits Vit C gives.
Another supplement I find very helpful is the B vitamin. All the B vitamins (B1, B6, B12, etc...)have strong and quick benefits. I personally take a sublingual form of B12. B12 has shown that it helps with nerves and the synthesis of nerve cells.
I hope he continues to do well.