Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
Navigating the world of autism spectrum disorder can be difficult, but dealing with a developmental disorder that primarily affects socialization and communication is particularly difficult. While at present there is no “cure” for Asperger’s syndrome, the right combination of treatment can help limit the expression of the condition. An integrated approach combining therapy and specific natural cures, like omega-3 fats, helps realign the brain passageways to better support cognitive and social functioning.
What Is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Asperger’s syndrome is categorized as an autism spectrum disorder or pervasive developmental disorder. The condition is a developmental disorder that specifically affects an individual’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with other people. Individuals with Asperger’s often exhibit social awkwardness and are typically absorbed in specific topics of interest to them.
The condition is characterized by general social ineptitude. For example, an individual may engage in long-winded one-sided conversations, display unusual nonverbal communication skills, have an intense obsession with one or two subjects, appear unable to understand others’ emotions, speak in a monotonous voice, and move clumsily with poor coordination. It’s not clear what causes the condition, but it seems that changes in certain genes or specific structures in the brain are involved.
What Kind of Treatment Approach Is Best?
Working with a specialized professional can help you decide what treatment plan is best for you and your family. However, our best suggestion is utilizing an integrated approach that incorporates various therapeutic options, such as occupational and even physical therapy, as well as natural or nutritional supplements. An approach such as this allows you to treat the syndrome from all aspects of its development for more beneficial treatment.
What Specific Natural Remedies Should I Try?
Alongside any treatment plan, specific natural supplements have been shown to have a positive effect on treating Asperger’s. Supplements such as omega-3 fish oil, vitamin B6, and vitamin C are good options for supporting treatment and managing the condition holistically.
1. Omega-3 Fish Oil
Omega-3 fats play an important role in Asperger’s syndrome treatment as the fat helps line the neural passageways. The addition of this nutrient helps the brain better communicate with the body and decreases erratic behaviors and improves brain function.
2. Vitamin B6
Individuals who are deficient in vitamin B6 often experience periods of agitation, aggressive behavior, irritability, and depression. Supplementing with vitamin B6 can help treat these issues and has the added benefit of improving auditory-visual and auditory-tactile developmental disorders, like Asperger’s.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant often used in conjunction with other vitamins. This nutrient helps improve brain function, limits symptoms of confusion and depression, and improves general behavioral issues.
While Asperger’s syndrome is a pervasive condition, it is manageable. Try some of our suggestions or continue below to see a reader-contributed list of treatments!
[YEA] 10/26/2009: Vanessa Kay from Binghamton, New York: "In mid summer, a good friend of mine referred me to ACV. He had been having serious health problems concerning lyme disease and Shingles, which are now completely cured by nutrints. Anyways, to my point...we are conditioned not to believe that a $3.50 bottle of liquid can resolve nearly all of your health problems, but its true. I have seen serious self-improvement both physically and mentally here.
I have struggled with a cognitive condition named aspergers syndrome throughout my life. For right now, all you need to know about this condition is that there are many ADHD and OCD symptoms associated with it. For the past three years of my life, I had been actively pursuing a pharmeceutical solution to my problems. However, I could not find anything that did not lead to serious problems with anxiety and depression. Apple cider vinegar seemed to solve many of my issues. I can now pay attention in class or sit in the library reading for durations as long as four hours. At first i wasn't sure why, now I think that its the vinegar. These issues have not completely gone away, nor ever will they, but they are now much more manageable.
I originally followed my friend's advice on taking vinegar because i was told that it led to weight loss. This is also true. For the past 2 months or so, i haven't been able to keep up with a near-daily exercise routine that I used to be on the very top of. Normally i'd gain weight like nuts but if anything, i've lost...my appetite seems to be smaller in a positive way on days that I drink the vinegar. Family and friends have also comented that my 'baby face' has gone away since I started taking it.
At any rate, ever since I started taking hte vinegar, I have felt much healthier, happier, more stable, and more confident in both appearance and personality. I strongly reccommend this stuff. Its totally worth the somewhat unpleasant taste a few times a day!"Replies
10/26/2009: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "Are you using just vinegar or are you putting baking soda or honey in with it?"
10/29/2009: Vanessa from Binghamton, New York replies: "I haven't tried mixing any of that in. However, I take fish oil twice a day, which also seems to be useful. Have you tried using honey, baking soda, or anything else that you have deemed as effective?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/06/2012: A from Pearl, Ms replies: "I started taking apple cider vinegar for allergy reasons. I mix it with equal parts local honey(for seasonal allergies). It helps me feel better. My body has decided to become allergic or intolerant to different foods. Gluten, casein and eggs. The apple cider vinegar seems to lessen the inflamation in my body. Try mixing with honey... Tastes WAY better:)"
02/04/2012: Birdie from Calgary, Alberta Canada replies: "Re: Asperger syndrome
Finally after 55 yrs, I realized I had asperger syndrome after seeing a program on TV about it. I suspected mercury poisoning (identical symptoms) so I had all my "silver" mercury dental fillings removed. MUCH relief was obtained doing this. I could not believe the difference! Then I used Olive Leaf Extract capsules to remove the candida yeast and zeolite powder (healthforce brand) to detox my system of any remaining heavy metals. WHAT a difference! I punted major fear and depression with this stuff! Aspergers is also called "Super Male Brain" syndrome; if the fetus is exposed to too much testosterone in the womb; it grows a male type brain even if its a female! Which is why some female aspies have male behaviour. I will now seek out a substance that will reduce my testosterone."
05/22/2012: Wonder from Dallas, Texas replies: "How do you take the ACV? I didn't know about the testosterone. Spearment tea blocks the adrogens in your body for to much dark facial hair."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/25/2010: Christine from Melbourne, Fl: "My daughter has Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism. I gave her two "00" capsules of bentonite clay every day. She was 17 at the time. In less than a month, she had no more tactile issues (could not STAND the sensation of light touches among other tactile issues) AND had spontaneous empathy for strangers!!!! Something that does not happen with any form of autism that I know of!
The only caution is because she is a menstrating female, if she gets too much bentonite clay, she will occasionally go anemic. Iron, despite being needed by the body, is still a heavy metal. So we cut back when that happens. Now she only takes is maybe twice a week and we have not been having problems with anemia."Replies
02/07/2013: Victoria from Haskell, Ok replies: "I noticed your post about your daughter with AS [Asperger's Syndrome]. I also have this condition. What most people (doctors as well as the public) don't know or understand or whatever other catagory you want to put it in is that AS is a condition of extremes. I have seen it writen and even you mentioned that aspies have no empathy. It should be that some or maybe even most show no empathy but not all. I am one of those like your daughter, I can be very empathetic to people even complete strangers. But my father, brother and other family members who are aspies are what is thought of as the typical aspie. I also have hyper senory issues where most if not all of my "family aspies" are the opposite, having hypo sensory issues. AS is not a set in concrete kind of condition and I think that is why so many of the so called experts are having trouble defining it or having a "recognized and peer approved" list of symptoms or ailments that define the condition. This condition is like trying to pin jello to the wall. Each individual is unique and when you are dealing with personalities and something that is non-physical you can't treat everyone the same like you can for something that is physical like a broken bone. What you have to teach your daughter is that not all people's motives are pure and they will take advantage of her kind sweet nature, this is something aspies have trouble with. It has taken me years to understand that most people don't want to be your friend or will take the time to understand your AS. My mom has been a great help to me in accepting myself and not letting the outside world have such a big affect on me."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 10/29/2009: Vanessa from Binghamton, New York: "Hello all,
I am a nineteen year old who was diagnosed with a mild case of aspergers syndrome at a young age. As of now, I am trying to figure out ways to cure it, particuarly the associated ADHD and OCD symptoms. The inability to sustain attention and fidgitiness are the main aspects that I feel throw off my life. I take the following supplements, some for aspergers other for physical appearance:
-Apple Cider Vinegar
-Hair, skin, and nails formula
-I just started Magnesium Zinc
After reading all of these articles, i'm thinking about throwing more in, maybe Vitamin C and/or flaxseed oil? But I don't want to be takingso many supplements at once as to throw my body off. Any recommendations as to what would be ideal for me?
Oh, and to help out anyone else in my situation, ACV and Fish oil really help. Magnesium seems to as well but I can't guarantee anything since I just started taking it. ^_^"
11/03/2009: Vanessa from Binghamton, New York replies: "Don't use the magnesium, it doesn't seem to be working well. I've been less focused, which may be a coincidence but that surely means it isn't helping the situation. Also it leads to a lot of gas and time on the toilet. Not worth it..."
12/15/2009: Tinyrobdavis from Ne Castle, Indiana Usa replies: "Hi Vanessa,
You might want to add 1000 mg of calcium a day and about 400 mg of vitamin c
Also I would highly reccomend reading the book "Healing the New Childhood Epidemics - Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies" By Dr. Kenneth Bock, MD
I believe my son has Asbergers or something on the Autism Spectrum. I am awaiting his evaluation. However this book was rreccomended to me by a group of parents with autistic children, some of whom have been entirely cured using the healing program in this book. You may also want to investigate a casein/gluten free diet. I will hold you in the light as you follow your path to healing.
12/16/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Hi Vanessa, Google Dr. Mark Hyman and he has quite a bit of video online talking about the connection of diet and autism, ADD, etc. He has a book of his own but you can learn quite a bit from just listening to him online. He tells his own story but also cases of where he has turned people around who have these "diseases" just through nutrition, diet, and body chemistry. It's very good work and I believe this holds a lot of keys that the medical profession does not give credibility to so you must do your own work in this area. I do wish you the very best and will be interested if you check into this and if it gives you any "keys". Lisa"
01/05/2010: Erin from Lafayette, In replies: "Vanessa, I agree with the others that have stated a gluten-free/casien-free diet. My best friend's son has Asperger's and there is a HUGE difference when he does get milk products as to when he doesn't. I never was able to convince her to take him off of gluten too, as she felt like she was "punishing" him, but baby steps I guess. So instead of trying to add stuff in to make you feel better, try taking a few things out and see what happens. Good luck!"
08/20/2011: Loveroftruth from Bloomington, In replies: "You might want to try chorella. I sneak it into my daughter smoothes as much as I think I can get away with. It helps detoxify against heavy metals like mercury and is the number one selling supplement in japan if that tells u anything. My daughter was given the H1N1 vaccine against my will by my ex who has medical custody and didn't even tell me. I had to ask her if she had after my daughter was sick for almost a month straight. The sickness correlating to almost to the day she was given this vaccine from this constructed virus. She would not get better at all until I gave her this raw food cure developed by David Wolfe for cold and flus. It consisted of blended oranges, papaya and figs. Before any of her vaccines she had this glow about her in which she would seem to glow especially when she would smile. Even after pointing this out to my ex she foolishly gave her another round of vaccinations. About a year later all this professionals in counseling and occupational therapy start telling us she seems to be exhibiting asberger symptoms."
09/12/2011: Mahhm from Seattle, Wa, Usa replies: "Oh, I do so miss that glow my son used to have. People sort of lit up when he smiled at them.
As for the Apple Cider Vinegar: would that be capsule, liquid or another form? By coincidence, I recently bought the liquid form and then didn't really know what to do with it."