Top 10 Nutrition Recommendations for ASD 

Ensuring a balanced and nourishing diet is a crucial step in supporting individuals with ASD. Here are our top 10 nutrition recommendations, backed by research from our organization dedicated to studying the vital link between nutrition and autism:

  1. Healthy Diet, Happy Life: Aim for 3-4 servings of nutrient-packed vegetables (especially leafy greens), 1-2 servings of whole fruits, and 2-3 servings of protein. Minimize sugar and steer clear of junk food while avoiding artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Consider opting for organic choices instead of conventional.
  2.  Trial of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet: Explore the impact of eliminating gluten for three months and casein for one month from the diet, observing potential positive effects on overall well-being.
  3.  Vitamin/Mineral Supplement: Consider incorporating ANRC Essentials or a similar brand into the daily routine to ensure comprehensive nutritional support.
  4.  Check Iron and Vitamin D Status: Monitor iron levels, especially for those with sleep issues, young children, and menstruating females. Test vitamin D levels, especially if sun exposure is limited. Correct deficiencies cautiously, as excess iron can pose its own challenges.
  5.  Essential Fatty Acids: Boost intake, particularly if fatty fish isn't a regular part of the diet.
  6.  Amino Acids: Ensure sufficient protein consumption to meet the body's amino acid needs.
  7.  Carnitine Boost: If beef or pork intake is less than two servings per week, consider adding carnitine to the diet to boost energy.
  8.  Digestive Enzymes: Introduce enzymes, especially if experiencing loose stools or gaseousness.
  9.  Melatonin for Sleep Woes: If sleep troubles persist, melatonin can be a helpful supplement.
  10.  High-Dose Vitamin B6 with Magnesium Trial: Explore the potential benefits of a trial with very high doses (8 mg B6 per pound of body weight and half that for magnesium) for improved overall well-being.


These recommendations are tailored to provide holistic support for individuals with ASD, emphasizing the profound impact that nutrition can have on their health and quality of life. Remember, each person is unique, so consult with a healthcare professional to tailor these suggestions to individual needs.