Probiotics show potential for reducing symptoms of childhood autism

… Children with autism often experience gastrointestinal (GI) problems. These problems include diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, and nausea, and they usually last for months. Researchers noticed that children who suffer from these problems also display higher anxiety and sensory over-responsiveness. In a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, researchers reported that symptoms of autism contributed uniquely to the prediction of GI problems in logistic regression analyses. This suggests that behaviors associated with autism and GI problems may be interrelated and have common underlying mechanisms.

A different team of researchers used a similar mouse model and investigated neurodevelopmental disorders – particularly autism – caused by maternal obesity. They found that maternal obesity alters the gut microbial ecology of their offspring, and this shift negatively impacts their offspring’s behavior. However, introduction of Lactobacillus reuteri – a probiotic bacterium commonly found in meat and dairy products – to the offspring’s diet restored balance in their gut microbiota and oxytocin levels. This significantly improved behavioral abnormalities in the animals associated with neurodevelopmental disoders. …

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