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What Are Phospholipid Deficiencies in Autism? | The Essential Guide To Autism

What Are Phospholipid Deficiencies in Autism?


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Most people are not aware of the term phospholipid, but those who have autistic children may become familiar with the term very soon. There have been some recent studies that suggest autistic children are lacking in some of the essential fatty acids that are vital for proper brain processing and fundamental in development. The researchers found that by taking measurement of the plasma phospholipid levels in the cell membranes of red blood cells, deficiencies can be found in children with developmental delays. They think that phospholipid deficiencies in autism and related problems may be intertwined.

In order for the brain to operate as intended, these phospholipids are essential components of the blood cells and must work correctly. They are often described as a grease-like substance that facilitates the movement of essential fats in and out of the red blood cells. When there is a problem or an imbalance, things can go wrong in the brain.

It is estimated that about twenty percent of the brain is made up of fatty acids, which in turn means that they are important for proper workings within the brain. There is some suggestion that autism may be triggered or effected by the imbalance, and this can also account for many other neurological disorders in some people. Deficiencies in phospholipids are also said to be found in those with attention deficit disorder and other related condition like dyslexia and dyspraxia. It is well known that the body can not produce these fatty acids, so they must come from the foods that we eat.

The defects associated with problematic phospholipid deficiencies in regards to autism and other disorders are the lower amounts of polyunsaturated fats. On the other hand, there is an increase in the amounts of saturated fats present. This leads to issues with homeostasis of the cells, and also with metabolism in regards to fatty acids. As suggested by researchers, this may offer new insights into a biological link to autism and could result in the development of new procedures and treatments in the future.

The problem with this type of research is that it brings up many issues that most have not considered, and much of the language used is medical in nature. Because of that, it can be very confusing for people outside of the medical arena. What is important to understand is that this research has lead to what is being called the spectrum of phospholipid disorders. Autism it seems is not the only condition where phospholipid deficiencies are found, they include dysphaxia and dyslexia, as mentioned earlier, and also seizure disorder, and schizophrenia. These are all problems that can strike children and adults alike.

It certainly seems that uncovering the existence of phospholipid deficiencies in autism and other conditions might lead to new treatments, however those options are still very unclear for the most part. Some may come to the conclusion that filling a nutritional deficiency might be the answer to help autistic children with some hurdles they face. While dietary interventions and supplementation is not a cure for autism, some studies show and plenty of parental evidence suggests, it may lead to improvement in the day to day skills that children with autism struggle with.

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