Autism and picky eaters

If your child with autism is a picky eater, you are not alone. The University of Massachusetts Medical School research cited here found that while all children can be picky, kids with autism had pickier eating habits — just why remained a bit of a mystery (routine? touching food? perhaps the reason is different for each child). What is important here is that poor eating habits can lead to vitamin deficiencies, so read on and get out a pencil and paper:

Poor eating habits affect children with autism

It’s not uncommon for a small child to avoid his vegetables. Most children get past this stage, and understand the importance of a well-balanced diet. For autistic children, however, they may never get passed the picky eating stage. And, this puts them at great nutritional risk.

Dr. Linda Banchini (EK Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston University) got together with her colleagues to find out more. They collected data from the Children’s Activity And Meal Patterns Study (CHAMPS), which asked parents to keep a 3-day food diary and answer questions regarding their childrens eating habits. The study included data on 111 children, 53 of whom were autistic. All children in the study were between the ages of 3 and 11.

Evidence of picky eating habits was found amongst children with autism, and children without. Although, it was worse amongst the children with autism. Not only were the children with autism more picky, but their diets were less diversified. The food diaries revealed that the children with autism were posed to not meet the requirements for vitamins A, C, D, minerals, zinc, and calcium.

via Poor Eating Habits Affect Children with Autism | ICare4Autism.

Study: Diet Could Slow Alzheimer’s

A diet rich in antioxidants could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or even slow down its evolution, researchers in Spain say.

Study leader Mercedes Unzeta of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and colleagues said their research suggests the neural networks of the adult brain susceptible to being destroyed by age and neural diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease can be strengthened through increasing dietary polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

In the study, a cream rich in both polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids — a patented mixture of dried fruits, nuts and vegetable oils made by La Morella Nuts in Reus near Tarragona — was added to the normal diet of mice.

The study, scheduled to be published in the journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, finds mice eating the cream for 40 days had a significantly higher amount of brain stem cells than the mice not eating the cream.

Eating the cream was also linked to much less oxidative damage when exposed to the hydroxide peroxide, the study said.

Polyphenols can be found in tea, beer, grapes, wine, olive oil, cocoa, nuts and other fruits and vegetables. Polyunsaturated fatty acids can be found in blue fish and vegetables such as corn, soy beans, sunflowers and pumpkins, the researchers said.

Via Study: Diet Could Slow Alzheimer’s

Diet Rich in Polyphenols, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Cuts Alzheimer Risk

A new Spanish study has found that polyphenols and polyunsaturated fatty acids in food, patented as an LMN diet, can boost the birth of new neurons, which could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers led by Mercedes Unzeta, professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Universitat Autrnoma de Barcelona (UAB) experimented on two groups of mice to come up with their findings.

For 40 days (Equivalent to nearly five human years) one group was given a normal diet and the other was fed on the same diet enriched with LMN cream.

It was found that those mice, which had been fed on LMN cream, had a considerably higher number of stem cells and new differentiated cells, in the olfactory bulb and hippocampus.

The second objective was to verify if the LMN cream could prevent damage caused by oxidation or neural death in cell cultures.

Scientists also discovered that a pretreatment with LMN cream could reduce and even prevent any oxidative damage to cells.

Thus, it was concluded that an LMN diet could induce the production of new cells in the adult brain, and strengthen neural networks, which are worn down by age and Alzheimer’s disease.he study will appear in the December issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Beverages like tea, beer and wine and grapes, olive oil, cocoa, nuts contain polyphenols.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids can be had from the consumption of blue fish and vegetables like corn, soya beans, sunflowers and pumpkins.

Via Diet Rich in Polyphenols, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Cuts Alzheimer Risk