Could Broccoli Sprouts Help Mitigate Some Common Autism Symptoms?The Autism Site
Recent research shows that a chemical found in broccoli sprouts could help ease certain symptoms of autism and make autism behaviors less severe.
Broccoli sprouts contain large amounts of sulforaphane, a powerful antioxidant.
Scientists from the MassGeneral Hospital For Children and John Hopkins University conducted a study involving 40 males, aged 13 to 27, with moderate to severe autism. Some were given sulforaphane in pill form, and some were given placebo pills.
The results of the study show that 2/3 of the boys given the sulforaphane pill showed improvement in social responsiveness and calm behavior, as well as a decrease in irritability and repetitive behaviors.
**It is important to note that the amount of sulforaphane these boys were given varied, and the amounts were well above what can be gained from food intake alone. The study was very small in scale, and 1/3 of those given the pills showed no improvement. No females were studied.**