Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by brain differences and typically diagnosed in children between the ages of 2 to 3 years. According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 36 children in the United States has autism. While there is presently a lack of clinical medical evidence supporting the efficacy of pharmaceuticals in curing autism, it is well established that the gut, often referred to as the “second brain” of the body, significantly influences brain development.

How Can Probiotics Help My Autistic Child

Research indicates that specific strains of probiotics, known as neurobiotics or psychobiotics, can aid in hormone balance, promote neurological health, and alleviate issues that autistic children may struggle with, such as anxiety, challenging social behaviour, and obsessiveness. In the forthcoming article, Dr. Ko Chun Tsai, a pediatric neurologist based in Taiwan, will delve into the role of probiotics in supporting the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of children with autism.

#1 The Importance of the Gut-Brain Axis (GBA) in Brain Development

Dr. Ko Chun Tsai explains that children with autism might have an imbalance in the bacteria in their guts (gut flora or microbiota). Hence, children need to have the right mix of gut flora to support the healthy growth of their bodies and brains.

The connection between the gut and the brain, also known as the gut-brain axis (GBA), is super important. It’s like a busy highway where messages travel back and forth between the gut and the brain. This happens through the bloodstream, the immune system, and a big nerve called the vagus nerve.

The messages going back and forth between the gut and the brain are mainly carried by nerves, immune substances, hormones, food (nutrients), and waste products (metabolites). So, keeping the gut healthy is a big deal for making sure the brain stays healthy too.

Gut-Brain Axis GBA

#2 How to Choose Probiotics Suitable for Individuals with Autism?

Dr. Ko Chun Tsai says not all probiotics are helpful for children with autism, even though they’re often used to keep our guts healthy. When choosing probiotics, it’s important to think about:

  1. whether the strain’s function aligns with the specific needs
  2. the colony-forming units or CFU (number of viable bacteria contained in a probiotic product) of the strain
  3. additives used in the product
  4. whether it is pharmaceutical or food-grade
  5. the manufacturing date
  6. manufacturer certification
  7. scientific backing of the strain

Not all probiotics are the same; they can have very different effects. Choosing the right kind is important. One specific type called Lactobacillus plantarum PS128™, also known as a neurobiotic, is a probiotic that is considered safe in the US and has 28 patents in 17 countries.

Studies show that PS128™ helps the gut talk to the brain better in people with autism. It also helps balance important chemicals in the body, like the “happy hormones” dopamine and serotonin, which can improve anxiety, attention, communication skills, and opposition/defiance behaviours.

#3 Gut-Brain Medical Probiotic – Neuralli™ MP

Neuralli™ MP is the world’s first medical probiotic specifically designed to target the gut-brain axis. Developed and manufactured by Bened Life in the United States, each capsule contains 300 billion CFU of PS128™, a strain clinically proven to support the neurological health of individuals with autism.

Neuralli™ MP is

  • formulated with safe and reliable ingredients,
  • free from common allergens and additives,
  • pure and natural,
  • widely trusted worldwide,
  • suitable for individuals of all ages.

Neuralli™ MP can be taken directly or by opening the capsule and mixing the contents with room temperature or cold food or beverages. Using Neuralli™ MP in powder form has no particular taste and does not affect its effectiveness. Given that high doses of PS128™ cannot be obtained from food, supplementation is essential.

Children aged three and above can take Neuralli™ MP. A daily intake of two capsules provides a sufficient clinical dosage to help individuals with autism balance their gut and brain for comprehensive well-being.

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