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Autism is a brain development disorder that appears early in life, most often manifesting itself by the age of 3 years. It affects most areas of a child’s social and psychological development, continuing throughout adulthood. Symptoms are characterised by impaired social interaction and communication and by restricted interests and repetitive behaviour. The autism spectrum disorders (ASD) also include related conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome, which have fewer signs and symptoms.
The cause of autism is generally not known but is thought to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is a considerable amount of evidence that genetic factors may play a part, since ASDs often seem to run in families. The environmental factors believed to play a part in its development are numerous and include viral exposure in the womb, drugs used in pregnancy and/or childbirth, environmental toxins, mercury poisoning, vaccines (MMR) and food intolerances or allergies. It is likely that it is a combination of factors rather than an individual cause that leads to the development of ASD.
Autism, like dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyspraxia, is part of a group of neurodevelopmental disorders which are all associated with problems in the metabolism of long-chain fatty acids. Children with autism have lower levels of long-chain fatty acids than other children, possibly because of an inability to convert what are known as short-chain essential fatty acids to long-chain fatty acids, as found in fish. Long-chain fatty acids play a crucial role in learning, memory and behaviour via direct effects on brain function, including the regulation of neurotransmitters, and also indirectly on the expression of genes in the brain. Daily supplementation with EPA can result in improvements in overall health, cognition, sleep patterns, social interactions, eye contact and anxiety.
Vegepa E-EPA 70 Orange Chewables pure EPA capsules
With its high EPA content we recommend Vegepa E-EPA 70 Orange Chewables
. Our Vegepa Chewables are naturally flavoured with orange.
- Children aged three to eight years should take 2-4 capsules daily.
- Children aged eight years and over should take 4-6 capsules daily.
For adults we recommend Vegepa E-EPA 70 at up to 4 capsules daily.