Autistic children have low levels of N-3 fatty acids

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Interestingly, a recently study found that DHA levels in the blood, and hence brains, of autistic kids were significantly lower than normal, while N-6 fatty acid levels were normal.

Because N-3 fatty acids play such a vital role in brain cell membranes, especially dendrites and synapses, and regulate a number of genes, control ion channels, control neurotransmitter release and receptor sensitivity, regulate enzymes, and regulate eicosanoid synthesis, they play a major role in brain development as well as its ongoing physiology.

Experiments using rats found that if they were fed a diet low in N-3 fatty acids, they developed dry, scaly skin, lost hair and weight, and eventually died of kidney failure. Similar findings were seen in children living off intravenous feeding devoid of N-3 fats.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that can save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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