Saturday, December 27, 2008

Hyperactivity When Using Cod Liver Oil

Cod Liver Oil (CLO) has been used for many years with children on the autism-spectrum to help with visual stemming and side-glancing behavior. The natural vitamin A is thought to assist a normal pattern of visual input through the eyes to the visual cortex of the brain. However, with some kids they seem to react negatively to CLO, appearing irritable, agitated or with increased hyperactivity. This usually indicates a problem in absorbing and transferring the oil into the body cells. The addition of Carnitine at 500 to 1000mg can help remedy this situation. Carnitine acts as a transport mechanism across the cell membrane so fats/oils are used by our body more effectively.

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