An antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for autism, according to scientists.
The antioxidant - called N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC - lowers irritability in children with autism and also reduces their repetitive behaviour patterns. Irritability affects 60 to 70 per cent of children with autism.
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital studied 31 children with the disorder.
Lead researcher Dr Antonio Hardan said: 'We're not talking about mild things - this is throwing, kicking, hitting, the child needing to be restrained. It can affect learning, vocational activities and the child's ability to participate in autism therapies.'
The study tested children with
autism ages 3 to 12. They were physically healthy and were not planning
any changes in their established autism treatments during the trial.
Source - Daily Mail