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Abnormally high plasma levels of vitamin B6 in children with autism not taking supplements compared to controls not taking supplements.

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Authors
James B. Adams, F. George, J Tapan Audhya
Title
Abnormally high plasma levels of vitamin B6 in children with autism not taking supplements compared to controls not taking supplements.
Journal
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Year
2006
Volume
12
Issue
1
Page(s)
pp. 59-63
Abstract Link
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Publication Format
Journal Article
Scientific Validity
Controlled Trial, Comparative Study, Peer-Reviewed
Comments
The aim of this study was to investigate the biochemical basis for vitamin B6 therapy by measuring the level of total vitamin B6 in the plasma of unsupplemented children with autism spectrum disorder compared to unsupplemented control subjects. According to the authors Vitamin B6 is abnormally high in autism, consistent with previous reports of an impaired pyridoxal kinase for the conversion of pyridoxine and pyridoxal to PLP. This may explain the many published studies of benefits of high-dose vitamin B6 supplementation in some children and adults with autism.
Keywords
Autism, Biomedical, Child/Children, Dietary Supplements, Pre-School / Toddlers, Primary / Elementary School Age, Vitamin B-6, Vitamins

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