Multivitamins are a valuable source of nutrients and vitamins for people of all ages. Even if you have an exceptional diet, you probably still are not getting the proper amounts of all the nutrients your body needs to excel at a high level. So a multivitamin is essential for everyone and especially for children on the spectrum. Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have nutritional deficiencies. They could be due to there environment, genetic and biological makeup or because they have eating challenges.
As always, I am not a doctor so please consult a doctor about the subject before use. I am only sharing my personal experience and what I have learned from it.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MULTIVITAMIN:
Nutrient needs vary since everyone is different, here are a few basic things to look for in a multivitamin for children with autism:
- Contains all fat-soluble vitamins: vitamins A, D, E, & K
- Contains active/methylated B vitamins for optimal absorption and methylation. Here is a list of all active B vitamins:
- B1 → thiamin HCl
- B2 → riboflavin 5’ phosphate
- B3 → niacinamide
- B5 → pantothenic acid
- B6 → pyridoxal 5’ phosphate (P5P)
- B7 → biotin
- B9 → L-5-MTHF (L-methylfolate)
- vitamins with folic acid are not recommended
- B12 → methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, or hydroxycobalamin [vitamins with cyanocobalamin instead are not recommended]
- Contains at least 100% % vitamin C
- Contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, zinc, selenium, chromium, and molybdenum.
- Should not have both calcium and iron together.
- Vitamin D3 is more effective then Vitamin D2.
- Man sure it has been tested by a third party.
- Avoid artificial colors, flavors, artificial ingredients, added milk or added wheat.
TIPS FOR TAKING MULTIVITAMINS:
- Always take with food, because it prevents upset stomach and it also allows your body to absorb more nutrients.
- Drink plenty of water. The water will help flush your system of any extra unabsorbed vitamins and minerals.
- Make sure all nutrients are water soluble so that you prevent over toxicity from a build up of excess vitamins.
- Always take as directed on the bottle or by a doctor.
- If your child is a picky eater use a liquid vitamin that can be added to your Childs favorite drink.
Our Favorite choice is Super Nu-Thera. It comes in a few different forms. We use the liquid because it has always been easier for Greyson since he has eating challenges. They are also Gluten Free and Hypoallergenic.
Another Recommended brand would be Pure.
As I stated above, I am not a doctor so please consult one or a nutritional expert before taking. I am only sharing what I have learned and experienced with our son Greyson.