Evidence that probiotics for the gut microbiome can lower the risk of ADHD and Asperger’s

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Gut microbiome – I talk a lot about its importance for both Autism recovery and neurodevelopment. Research into the gut microbiome is exploding and shows bacteria play a crucial role in brain development.

A Finnish study “A possible link between early probiotic intervention and the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders later in childhood: a randomized trial” begun 13 years ago has just released its results – and they are exciting.

The study followed 75 children who were randomised to receive either a probiotic – Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG or a placebo during their first 6 months of life. The study tested each child’s gut microbiome at 3 weeks then 3, 6, 12 and 24 months of age then again at age 13.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG – a superstar for the gut microbiome

Gut microbiome - Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG

Gut microbiome – Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is one of what I call the superstar probiotics and I use it in clinical practice every day. It’s well researched and is shown to

  • Have anti-microbial affects against pathogenic organisms like clostridia
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increases secretory IgA
  • Is involved in making proteins that heal the digestive system
  • Be beneficial for eczema and allergies

Lactobacillus rhamnosus is readily available from health food stores, health practitioners and iherb.com (culturelle) Click here for culturelle. It’s best to choose an option without flavourings as kids can be sensitive to them. If you haven’t ordered from iherb before, use code SLV239 for a $10 discount on your first order

Here’s the results of the study on the gut microbiome

In the placebo group 6 children were diagnosed with ADHD or Asperger syndrome.
In the group receiving lactobacillius rhamnosus, no children were diagnosed with ADHD or Asperger syndrome. That’s right – none, a very significant result.
The stool testing showed that the children who were diagnosed with ADHD or Asperger syndrome (these were the kids not receiving Lactobacillus rhamnosus) had significantly less bifido bacteria in their gut microbiome.
The study concludes:
“Probiotic supplementation early in life may reduce the risk of neuropsychiatric disorder development later in childhood.”
It’s important to remember this study was begun over 13 years ago when research into the effects of the gut microbiome on neurodevelopmental disorders was only just beginning.
This study is a monumental step forward – it shows how just one specific species of bacteria given in the first 6 months of life can protect against conditions science thought were brain disorders.

Restoring the gut microbiome is key

Autism is a whole body disorder, with what happens in the body profoundly impacting the brain. Restoring the gut microbiome and healing the gut brain connection is key to Autism recovery. Read more about the steps to Autism recovery program – Click here to learn about the steps and gut microbiome

Don’t let anyone tell you there is nothing that can be done to help autism – the sooner you start helping your child the better the results will be. The gut microbiome is key.
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Julie Damant

Autism Naturopath

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Study References

Pärtty A, Kalliomäki M, Wacklin P, Salminen S, Isolauri E. A possible link between early probiotic intervention and the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders later in childhood: a randomized trial. Pediatr Res. 2015 Mar 11. doi: 10.1038/pr.2015.51. [Epub ahead of print]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25760553. Accessed 26th April 2015


About the Author:

Julie Damant is the leading Autism Naturopath in Australia, specialising in Autism, ADHD, Aspergers, PDD, learning difficulties, allergies and children’s health. Julie is a degree qualified Naturopath, has completed specialised training with the MINDD Foundation, Michael Sichel and numerous post graduate courses in Naturopathy. “I know improvement is possible, I have seen it, and will continue to see it as families make the changes that are required to help their child. Working together we can, and will make a difference. I look forward to meeting you.”
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