Autism Treatment - Methylcobolamin (aka. Methyl-B12) An Important Treatment For Autism

Published: 25th August 2011
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Methylcobolamin (Methyl-B12) as a vitamin is a very important Autism treatment for individuals – children, teenagers and adults – on the autism-spectrum. It is also useful for those with other issues as well including attention deficit, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing and speech/language problems. Why is it so important? Methyl-B12 is known to significantly help with higher cognitive function such as speech and language development, focusing and attention, improved environmental awareness, and more willingness to engage socially. How does Methyl-B12 do this, and why should it be considered as an essential therapy for those on the autism-spectrum? The bottom line is that it works well for many individuals.

Methyl-B12 supports an important biochemical system in our body called methylation. Methylation chemistry is critical for a variety of essential physiological effects including proper sequencing and production of brain chemistry such as dopamine and serotonin which are necessary for motor coordination, mood and focusing. When dopamine and serotonin are functioning properly gross and fine motor skills are enhanced, as well learning capabilities and improved sense of well-being. Attention is also more intact.

Methylation supports healthy brain cell function by augmenting the production of glutathione which is necessary to protect the cells against toxins, i.e. heavy metals, chemicals. This process of glutathione production helps our body get rid of toxins. It also supports normal immune function and helps protect the brain against oxidative stress which causes tissue damage. In autism, oxidative stress is a big problem as factors such as immune activation in the brain leading to inflammation have been linked to cognitive and language problems.

Methylation supports healthy cells throughout the body and brain to increase their communication capabilities. This is particular important in the brain where cell to cell communication is critical for proper brain function. Methylation also augments the integrity of our DNA which is crucial for our overall health and survival. Without methyation and the physiological support of Methyl-B12 our ability to function from a cognitive and speech/language standpoint would be greatly compromised.

Individuals on the autism-spectrum almost universally have a biochemical imbalance in their methylation chemistry which Methyl-B12 helps to support. The problem is many are not accessing their own body’s stores of Methyl-B12 or the pathways that supports Methyl-B12 function are damaged and not working correctly. Hence the use of Methyl-B12 as a supplemental therapy (subcutaneous injection being the most ideal for autism treatment. spectrum back on track to improve their overall cognitive abilities, and for some on the road  eventual recovery.



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