The sad truth is this: the number of cases of children with autism is on the rise. Autism is a lifelong disorder in which the development of several brain functions suffers some degree of impairment. This is usually characterized by reluctance or inability to form normal social relationships, difficulty with communication, a tendency for hyperactivity, and certain repetitive behaviors. Even today, the debate still rages over what really causes it. Some say that it is largely genetic, while others say that it is a result of exposure to certain vaccines or harmful chemical compounds. Whatever the cause, there are thousands of afflicted children whose parents are more concerned with finding the right treatment to help their children lead lives that are as normal as possible.
There is no known current cure for autism. The best that can be done is for the autistic child to receive therapy and special care as early as possible in their lifetimes. This therapy is usually time and labor intensive, and is very expensive. There is also a whole multitude of drugs that are given as part of the treatment. Oftentimes, these drugs are antidepressants and antipsychotics, which are administered in the hopes that it will improve or at least stabilize the child’s social and communication behaviors. Again, the sheer number of medications required makes this prohibitively expensive, possibly denying this level of care to the children who need it most.
Luckily, recent breakthroughs in autism therapy research have discovered that there are natural alternatives to all these expensive medications. Omega 3 essential fatty acids, more famous for their heart protecting properties, are just as effective with protecting and promoting our important brain functions. Recent studies have shown that giving substantial amounts of omega 3 to children afflicted with autism helps to significantly reduce their aggressive and hyperactive behaviors. Omega 3 fatty acids are more commonly associated with tuna, salmon, and other fish oil sources. What few people know is that it can also be extracted from plant sources, and that plant based omega 3 is safer and more effective than those from fish sources.
Most fatty, oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, and cod, are often marketed to take advantage of this. Unfortunately, easy access to such seafood just isn’t possible for most people. This has forced many people to turn to taking fish oil supplements to supply their requirements of omega 3. Theoretically, the benefits of these supplements should be identical to natural sources of omega 3, but unfortunately, this is not the case. First of all, not all of the companies that manufacture these supplements are as honest or as scrupulous as they should be. Just recently, a class action suit was undertaken against some of these health supplement manufacturers, accusing them of allowing their fish oil capsules to be sold on the market even though they knew that they had been contaminated with several poisonous compounds.
Even if these supplements are uncontaminated, they can still potentially do more harm than good. The large amounts of fish oil in these supplements can cause people to develop flatulence, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, and in some severe cases, excessive bleeding and hemorrhagic strokes. They also have a tendency to smell odor, and their origins prevent practicing vegans unable to consume them. And because fish oils are derived from the fat of fish, they consequently contain large amounts of calories, which can be detrimental to any balanced diet. These supplements also pose a health risk to women, as some fish oil capsules have their ingredients derived from fish livers. Fish liver oil has been shown to harm fetuses developing in the womb.
One of the richest available plant sources of omega 3 is the chia seed. Chia seeds are harvested from the salvia hispanica plant, which is native to Central and South America. These seeds are considered to be among the most nutrient dense grains available today. Chia seeds are packed with protein, carbohydrates, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. It is no exaggeration to say that a handful of chia seeds contain the same amount of nutrients as a bundle of vegetables. Approximately 64% of the oils of the chia seed are made up of pure omega 3 fatty acids, which, when compared by weight, is about 8 times the amount found in pink salmon.
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