In a 2009 Autism Research Institute parent survey of 2,350 parents of children with autism, 62 percent reported a benefit from using digestive enzymes. And a separate three-month double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of 101 children with autism reported a significant improvement in autism-related behavior (emotional response and restrictive repetitive behaviors) and gastrointestinal symptoms with digestive enzyme treatment.
Digestive issues are some of the most common symptoms children with autism experience. Many issues such as food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis, diarrhea, constipation as well as sleep issues, aggressive behavior and a variety of stimming behaviors all can be related to improper digestion.
These symptoms can be reversed and improved upon with the help of digestive enzymes.
Digestive enzymes are often the first supplementation used to begin the process of improving overall digestion and are recommended when helping to reverse the symptoms of Autism. Enzymes work in the stomach and small intestines to completely digest food. Food that is not completely digested can feed the wrong bacteria in the gut. This is the main reason that digestive enzymes are a primary step in beginning the reversal of the symptoms of Autism.