Nutritional Probiotic Supplement Found to Help Autism
In a study published in the June 2013 edition of the Journal of Probiotics & Health, a nutritional supplement named Delpro was found to have important beneficial effects on bowel issues associated with people suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.
In addition to other health issues affecting individuals with autism, chronic diarrhea and constipation are major issues, particularly for children. Adding to the inherent discomfort of chronic diarrhea and/or constipation that can typically last up to several days or more, these conditions can also contribute to behavioral problems in children as well as present substantial management challenges for parents and teachers.
Delpro nutritional supplement capsules were studied in children with ASD to determine the level of benefits that could be achieved. The measurement of response was determined by using the ATEC (Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist) scoring tool developed by the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, California. The ATEC tool is used to evaluate autism severity in four categories: (1) speech/language/communication; (2) sociability; (3) sensory/cognitive awareness; and (4) health/physical/behavior.
The Delpro study's investigational strategy required parents of children with autism to complete an ATEC questionnaire prior to participation. The data derived served as a study baseline for each participant. In addition, a comprehensive record was kept for 21 days relating to the child's bowel issues, drugs or supplements used, and/or special problems experienced in daily living.
At the end of the 21-day period, the data was submitted to Generation Rescue and the parents received a three-week supply of the nutritional supplement and probiotic formula in Delpro capsules. The daily record of each child's bowel behavior, as well as drugs or supplements administered, was again recorded. At the end of 21 days using the Delpro capsules, the parents completed their journals and again repeated the ATEC survey. These ATEC scores enabled the comparison of bowel issues before and after the administration of Delpro capsules.
The research study was initiated with 33 participants, and 25 participants completed the 42-day trial. The research project report includes the ATEC analysis for the 25 participants. Eighteen of the participants had comprehensive daily bowel records. Open unsolicited comments were invited at the conclusion of the project.
Results of the study show that nearly half of participating children (48 percent) saw decreases in diarrhea severity and more than half (52 percent) decreases in constipation severity. Overall, 88 percent showed a decrease in total ATEC score, signifying an improvement of ASD symptoms.
The formulation for Delpro capsules was developed by Pure Research Products, LLC of Boulder, Colorado. Delpro contains an active nutritional supplement, Del-Immune V for immediate immune system support and Delpro also contains high concentrations of five probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that support health.
The entire research study is available here.
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