For years, the B vitamins have been studied for their helpfulness in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders. Studies have found that increasing the B vitamins in the diets of Autistic individuals has lessened some of the symptoms, such as anxiety and outbursts. It has even been theorized that these difficulties may stem from vitamin B deficiencies.
B6 has also been used to treat seizures, a common disorder affecting many Autistic individuals. Combinations of Potassium and Magnesium are common and thought to be beneficial. Many fruits are naturally high in these.
Research on this has focused on vitamins B12 and B6. While B12 can only be obtained from animal products, a few B vitamins are in certain fruits, including B6. Good sources of B6 are Bananas, Watermelon, and Avocados. Fruits containing antioxidants, among other B Vitamins, are Citrus, Cantaloupe, Mango, Peaches, Blackberries, Strawberries, and Kiwi.
While the doses desired may be high enough to warrant supplementation, eating a healthy snack of fruits that naturally contain vitamin B6 is very beneficial. This is because our bodies break down and use naturally occurring vitamins and minerals far better than supplements.
While fruits and B vitamins may not cure Autism, and there certainly is no miracle fruit, it is nice to know that a natural, healthy fruit snack can promote less anxiety and reduce the symptoms associated with Autism.