April is Autism Awareness Month — did you know that vitamin D and omega-3s could benefit those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Published last month in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a new study titled “A randomised controlled trial of vitamin D and omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the treatment of irritability and hyperactivity among children with autism spectrum disorder.” The objective of this study was to determine the effect of vitamin D and omega-3 supplementation on irritability and hyperactivity among children with ASD. In this clinical trial, participants between the ages of 2.5 to 8 years were randomly assigned to 2,000 IU/day of vitamin D, 722 mg/day of DHA (a type of omega-3), both vitamin D and DHA, or placebo for 12 months. Researchers used the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC), a standardized tool that measures symptoms and problem behaviors, to assess irritability and hyperactivity.
What were the findings of the study?
The chart below shows the average change in irritability and hyperactivity scores among the 73 participants who completed the study. Those taking vitamin D and/or omega-3 had a greater reduction in irritability compared to those in the placebo group. For hyperactivity, those taking vitamin D had a greater reduction in hyperactivity than those in the placebo group.
The researchers also looked at the percent of participants whose symptoms improved by at least 25%. The chart below shows that a higher proportion of those taking vitamin D and/or omega-3s showed at least 25% improvement in irritability compared to placebo and a higher proportion of those taking vitamin D showed at least a 25% improvement in hyperactivity compared to placebo.
This trial shows that vitamin D and omega-3 supplementation could be effective at treating symptoms of irritability and that vitamin D supplementation could be effective at treating symptoms of hyperactivity among children with ASD.
How can I find out my Vitamin D and Omega-3 Index levels?
GrassrootsHealth offers both vitamin D and omega-3 testing using dried blood spot tests. Our scientists’ consensus recommended range of vitamin D status for general health and disease prevention is 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L). Evidence shows that an Omega-3 index, which is the amount of EPA and DHA in red blood cell membranes, of greater than 8% is optimal and less than 4% is deficient. Find out your levels today!
Can your irritability or hyperactivity be treated by vitamin D and omega-3s — even without autism?
Log on to the shop (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if it helps! Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months.
How can I track my Vitamin D and Omega-3 Index levels?
To help you track your nutrient levels, GrassrootsHealth has created an online tracking system called myData-myAnswers. You can also track your supplemental and dietary nutrient intake to see how they impact your nutrient levels. Check it out today!
What Does it Take YOU to Get Your D to 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)?Did you know your health could be greatly affected by making sure you have a vitamin D level of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)? Help us help you.
STEP 1 - Do you know what your vitamin D level is? If not, be sure to test today to find out.
STEP 2 – Determine your target level. Are you at your target level? Experts recommend a level of at least 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).
STEP 3 – Need to boost your level? Use the D*calculator to see how much vitamin D it may take to reach your target. Opt for the Loading Dose for a quicker boost.
STEP 4 – Optimize how your body absorbs and utilizes vitamin D with co-nutrients and these simple steps.
STEP 5 – Re-Test! This is an important step to make sure you have reached your target level, and to ensure you are not taking too much! Re-testing after 3-4 months is recommended.
STEP 6 – Adjust, Repeat…
Give your immune system the nutrients it needs to support a healthy you and protect yourself from unnecessary diseases, especially COVID-19.
The first Randomized Controlled Trial on vitamin D and COVID-19 has shown a 96% lower risk of ICU admission for those receiving vitamin D (as 25(OH)D to quickly boost vitamin D blood levels) along with the standard treatment, compared to those receiving standard treatment alone.
These results support many previous observational studies showing a relationship between vitamin D levels and intake and COVID-19 severity.
GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute has launched the new Immune Boost project with the use of our myData-myAnswers nutrient health system that nearly 15,000 people are already using for their health. Specific markers that influence immune health are suggested for testing as part of this project including:
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 Index
- Essential elements magnesium, selenium, and zinc
Our goal is to demonstrate how one can use the Nutrient Research Model established by Dr. Robert Heaney to show the effect of vitamin D serum levels of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) on risk reduction for all ethnicities in the population. Status and intake of other nutrients will also be analyzed for any type of relationship to immune status and symptom severity. Join the project today!
Please let us know if you're interested in helping sponsor this project.
Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your essential elements magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium, toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium, as well as your omega-3 levels, inflammation levels and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level. Find out your levels today! Log on to the test selection page (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels can be improved.
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my nutrient intake and levels over time?
To help you track your supplement use and nutrient levels, GrassrootsHealth has created the Personal Health Nutrient Decision System called
For each specific supplement, you can track what days you take it, how much, and many other details. This will help you know your true supplemental intake and what patterns of use work for you to reach and maintain optimum nutrient levels. Check it out today!