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ANRC Essentials undergoes extensive laboratory testing per FDA guidelines to ensure that it is:

  • Free of all common allergens, including gluten, dairy/casein, eggs, soy, corn, fish/shellfish, peanuts, and nuts.
  • Exceptionally pure. We carefully test and then select raw materials that are the purest forms available.
  • Free of artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, fillers, and GMOs.

Add an ice pack to your order by adding this product to your cart. Recommended during summer months (June - August) for Nordic Naturals products, optional for ANRC Essentials Plus products. Note that ice packs only last for about 24 hours and work best with faster shipping. Products are packed in a foil pack wrapped with ice pack.

Product Disclaimer

Warnings: Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Consult a health care professional prior to consumption if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, or are taking any prescription medication. Use only as directed.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.

The Official Supplement of the Arizona State University Autism/Asperger's Research Program

ANRC Essentials Plus is an improved version of a vitamin/mineral supplement demonstrated to greatly improve the nutritional status of children and adults with autism in a major randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research study at Arizona State University.

"We used the results of several previous studies of individual nutrients to design a comprehensive multi-vitamin/mineral supplement that could improve many different aspects of nutritional status. We have been doing research on vitamins and minerals for children with autism for over 10 years, and we are very pleased to see that research culminate in the release of ANRC Essentials."

-Prof. James Adams, Ph.D., director of the Autism/Asperger's Research Program at Arizona State University


The 4 Key Parts of the ANRC Guidelines

The Autism Nutrition Research Center’s guidelines are designed to provide optimal nutritional support for most children and adults with autism. It includes a comprehensive set of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, l-carnitine, and a healthy allergen-free diet. The ANRC Guidelines are based primarily on several major research studies and clinical trials conducted by Prof. James Adams at Arizona State University, as well as studies by many other researchers around the world. In just 120 days, the ANRC Guidelines will provide comprehensive nutritional support, to maximize brain and body function.

1. Essentials Plus:

provides comprehensive vitamin and mineral support, as well as several other key anti-oxidants and mitochondrial support.

2. Essential Fatty Acids:

provides omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids.

3. L-Carnitine:

provides carnitine, a key factor for supporting mitochondrial function (energy production).

4. Healthy Diet:

a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, and protein, and free of gluten, casein, corn, soy, artificial flavors/colors/ preservatives, and excess junk food.

Quick FAQs

For more information and frequently asked questions, head over to our FAQ page.

How do I get my child to take supplements?

First, explain to them that the supplements are like medicine, and are designed to help them feel better.
Powder: We recommend letting the child pick their favorite strong-tasting juice (cranberry, grape, mango, etc.). Then, give them a sip of pure juice (to coat the tongue), then the powder mixed with juice, and then pure juice.
Alternatively, some parents have mixed the powder with melted dark chocolate with a little coconut oil, and then let it cool in a mold in the fridge. Dairy-free chocolate is available. There are also easy recipes to make your own gummy vitamins (ie and just to name 2 online resources).

Another good resource with ideas: or A wonderful resource in general is TACA. They have a great article on how to get your child to take supplements, see:

Swallowing Pills: Start with very small pills that are empty (they can be purchased at most drugstores) and take them with water or juice. Slowly work up to larger pills. Nordic Naturals sells a junior version of fish oil that comes in very small gelcaps that are also good to start with. Or look into aids such as the OralfloTM ( pill swallowing cup which could possibly help with learning to swallow pills/capsules.

Please note: ANRC Essentials Plus Capsules may be opened and used like the powder if needed. The powder and capsules are from the same blend. Rewards/Bribery also helps (hugs, praise, extra tv/videogame time, etc).

Should I try to hide supplements in food?

How do I know if my child will benefit from a vitamin/mineral supplement?

How do I know what dosage is best?

Should I try Methyl-B12 injections in addition to ANRC Essentials?

Is it dangerous to take too much of a vitamin/mineral supplement?

Is it better to take a vitamin/mineral supplement or eat fruits and vegetables?

How do I know if I need extra vitamin D?

Do I need extra iron?


How do I get my child to eat more vegetables?

How do I get my child to eat more protein?

How do I know if the GFCF diet will help?

Is it better to eat fish or take a fish oil supplement?

How do I choose a high-quality fish oil supplement?


How do I know what supplements to try?

Should I consider blood tests before taking supplements?

Should I try injections of vitamin B12?

Should I try a hair test to determine the need for essential minerals?

How do I know what fish oil to try?

Should I take cod liver oil or fish oil?






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How do I know if my child will benefit from a vitamin/mineral supplement?

For vitamin/mineral supplements, a 2-3 month trial is usually enough to determine if there is benefit. In the Adams et al 2012 study, about 1/3 of participants found no benefit, about 1/3 had some benefit, and about 1/3 had substantial benefit. Although medical testing of nutritional status can be done, it is easier, cheaper, and more reliable to just try it. Children with limited diets without enough vegetables, fruits, and meats/protein are likely to benefit the most.

How do I know what dosage is best?

In the Adams et al 2012 study, most participants gradually increased to the full dose of the vitamin/mineral supplement over 3 months. However, a few families found that their child did better at 50-75% of the full dose, so they stayed at that dose. Each child is an individual, so it is okay to individualize their dosage.