Since every child on the spectrum is different, this supplementation plan might only be best for Nate. I’m writing it down for myself to keep track.
– Enzymes (we just switched from Zyme Prime and Peptizyde to TriEnza, which contains ZP and Pep in addition to No-Fenol. No-Fenol helps with some fruits and vegetables, and I wanted to add it in because Nate eats a lot of ketchup). With every breakfast and dinner (and would be lunch but I don’t send them to school).
– GFCFSF diet (i.e., gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free). Still the best change we have made for Nate.
– Methyl-B12 injections (one shot every three days). These are easy to give now. Nate loves his reward (10 Starburst brand jelly beans, which are gfcfsf–Jelly Belly brand isn’t GF).
– Dimethylglycine (DMG). Part of methylation. We’ve been using a liquid form from Kirkman, but I’m getting some good-tasting chewables next. With breakfast and dinner and might start sending to school for lunch.
– Taurine. Part of methylation. Once a day (breakfast).
– CoEnzyme Q10. The ones we’ve gotten taste good, so Nate loves taking these. They help with energy production and (I think) immunity. 2 chewables each at breakfast and dinner.
– Probiotics. Nate’s DAN! doc likes Klaire Labs, so I got these. Once a day.
– Liquid calcium. To offset the reduction in calcium from the diet. Once a day.
– Melatonin. This has been a blessing. We started giving a 1mg “sublingual” (supposed to let it melt in your mouth) to Nate a half hour before bed time after his last DAN! appointment, and we’ve worked up to 3mg (mostly because he loves the taste). This has helped him fall asleep at a much more reasonable time–almost always before 9:00 now, and usually within about a half hour of taking the melatonin. It had gotten to be close to 10:00 many nights, with him still waking during the night and often waking for good at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m.
What we’re adding next:
– Folinic acid. This is also part of methylation, and I should have added it in already. I always hate the possibility of the hyperactivity side effect! Some of Nate’s sleep problems started when we began all of the supplements with this side effect.
– Liquid carnosine. Another hyperactivity possibility, but reports are really positive about the language and social development this supplement seems to foster.
– Fish oil. We used to give cod liver oil, but I didn’t stick with it. I will probably order some fish oil and cod liver oil this month.