Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The use of antioxidants along with Omega-3 fatty acids

Previously I wrote on the potential benefits of increasing your Omega-3 fatty acid intake as a means for improving your mood stabilization and neurotransmitter function to combat comorbid conditions of Autism (e.g. depression).  I Just came across an article from BMC Psychiatry (2008 Supplement 1, Vol. 8, Special section p1-3, 3p) by Tsaluchidu, et al regarding the potential need for antioxidants with patients showing many of the comorbid symptoms. Oxidative Stress is increased in people with the various conditions and the addition of antioxidants helps reduce the impact of that stress on brain tissue.

While no specific dosing recommendations are made they do suggest switching to a whole food, plant based diet in order to achieve results. The National Institute for Health (NIH) also suggests using dietary based increases in antioxidants rather than supplements. For specific antioxidants you can cross reference the list on the Wikipedia article here for antioxidants with the NIH list of nutrient values in various foods.

As with many things moderation is key; antioxidants can impair your ability to absorb iron and calcium in your diet.

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