Published in the journal Science this Thursday by a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego in the US, a study has been claiming that a particular form of autism can be treated simply with a common dietary supplement.
Patients of autism linked to deficiency of amino acid were enrolled in the study, which has led the team to find that a genetic mutation can help them speed up their metabolism of some amino acids. It is being said that the speeded metabolism makes patients burn through their amino acid faster than normal.
Branched chain amino acids or BCAAs are only attained via foods and are not produced naturally in the body of humans, the report has found in the meantime.
As per the findings, the high-paced metabolism further causes them to suffer an imbalance that is probably connected to certain neuro-behaviorial symptoms of autism. Genomes of some children with autism, who also had suffered epileptic seizures, were identified by researchers, which led them to reveal the findings.
"What was most exciting was that the potential treatment is obvious and simple: Just give affected patients the naturally occurring amino acids their bodies lack", Joseph Gleeson, a co-author, was quoted as saying.