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A new study found sulforaphane (found in broccoli sprouts) improved behavior and social responsiveness in children with autism spectrum disorder. It also found that clinical improvements were correlated with two urinary metabolites known to be involved in redox metabolism, which sulforaphane is known to affect.
This study builds upon findings from a prior randomized, placebo-controlled trial which showed sulforaphane improved symptoms of autism in young adults.
I did a podcast with one of the scientists involved in both of these clinical studies, Dr. Jed Fahey. We discuss the effects of sulforaphane on the brain and specifically how it helps treat autism spectrum disorder.
You can find the episode on sulforaphane with Dr. Fahey along with show notes and a transcript on the foundmyfitness episodes page: https://www.foundmyfitness.com/episodes/jed-w-fahey Link to the previous RCT: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4217462/