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Prebiotic improved regularity in autistic kids

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have abnormal gut microbiota, which doctors believe may lead to systemic and neural  inflammation, impairing brain function. Constipation in ASD is common.

In this study, 13 children with ASD, aged four to nine, who had not taken constipation medication or antibiotics for at least a month, took 6 grams of partially hydrolyzed guar gum prebiotic fiber per day. Before the study, nine kids defecated once a week, and four kids, twice a week.

After 60 days, all children defecated from two to four times per week. Behavior also improved, with kids becoming less irritable. Doctors also saw significant decreases in interleukin-1 beta and -6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha, which are systemic inflammatory factors.

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