Inflammation As A Possible Root Cause of Autism: Should Women Considering a Pregnancy Increase Antioxidants As A Protective Measure?

prod002I recently read an article I found quite interesting.  The article written by Moises Velasquez-Manoff was called "An Immune Disorder At the Root of Autism" and was featured in the NY Times.   It caught my interest because my first born child is autistic.  I have suffered from an auto immune disease for many years.  One of the markers in my blood work normally checked is the C-Reactive Protein produced by the liver. The level of CRP rises when there is inflammation throughout the body.

Since I greatly increased my daily antioxidant intake, my C-Reactive Protein tests have responded positively.  Clearly improving my diet and increasing antioxidants and fiber has lowered inflammation.  Dr. Barry Sears MD, author of the Zone diet believes there is a link between chronic disease and inflammation.  Inflammation can be reduced by increasing antioxidants.  It is an interesting theory.  Had I known that eating more antioxidants could have possibly made a difference in my sons health, I would have done whatever I could to eat healthy.  I like the fact that MXI Corporation, the makers of XO, The Healthy Chocolate, were able to find a way to cold press chocolate to keep in the antioxidant content.  The antioxidant content of their product is verified by Brunswick Labs on a regular basis.  Because of this, "Healthy Chocolate" is one of the highest antioxidant products on the planet.  This is what I eat and feed my family every day. 

I am certainly not a doctor but if it was me and I was going to be expecting or trying to get pregnant, I would increase my antioxidant content just like I would take prenatal vitamins.  Definitely something to consider.

I am Lynette Henk, Mom of an autistic adult child and advocate of eating a healthy, high antioxidant diet.  I get my antioxidants in cold pressed dark chocolate.  I can be reached at (877) 208-8172, or at

 Opinion obtained from the NY Times 8/26/12 Immune Disorders and Autism


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