Broccoli Sprout Extract May Help Treat Autism Symptoms

A new study found that a chemical in broccoli sprouts may help alleviate the symptoms of autism.
1:51 | 10/14/14

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And a possible break through in treating children with autism. A natural product called broccoli root extract can improve symptoms. Dr. Jen Ashton is here. It offers hope. It does. It's from a reputable journal. It's a small group of taij teenage boys and young men, they gave them the extract from broccoli root extract. Treated them for 18 weeks, compared with a group that getting in. And at the end, the group that got the extract, two-thirds of them showed a significant improvement, reduced symptoms of autism. They were more socially interactive, calmer. Very promising. Extremely promising. Why that? Why this ? Why did they go with this? There were two theories being tested. And the researchers at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, targeting cellular stress and inflammat inflammation. It was low toxicity. Doesn't work in everyone, but it was good. It's healthy for you. Should you run out and get ? Only if you like it for food value. We need more research, larger decease. Looked at in girls. Other vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage have to be studied. And there's not one cause for autism spectrum disorders. So unlikely just one treatment. Eating broccoli or just the extract? No, they vary very widely in what you get in the store. They need to look at it more. Dr. Ashton will be taking your questions. Tweet her @Dr. J. Ashton. Michael, over to the social

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