Latest Autism 'Cure' Is Hiding in Your Veggie Drawer

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For a vegetable that has many kids cringing away at the dinner table, broccoli actually holds some really powerful natural advantages. In fact, it's the latest thing being lauded as a possible cure for autism. A brand new study, completed by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School, shows that a chemical found in broccoli could serve as a treatment for autism.

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The study followed 40 men between the ages of 13 and 27, all who had moderate to severe forms of autism. They were all served sulforaphane (a chemical found in broccoli sprouts and served in pill form) over a period of 18 weeks.

And the results? Immediate.

Nearly half of participants noted an improvement in sociability and behavior by week four. Researchers even noted that parents and caregivers immediately saw noticeable changes in the way the patients acted. They became more social and calm, and only improved as the treatment went on.

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Turns out, the broccoli chemical works a lot like a fever. The researchers also found that people with autism are more social, have better communication, and can keep longer eye contact when they have a fever. And broccoli mimics that, but with no alternate side effects.

While the study needs to be replicated, and with more subjects, to prove it's truly as great as it seems, some more green veggies surely wouldn't hurt.

So while autism continues to affect one in 68 American kids, this could finally be a good enough reason to get kids to eat their veggies.

Would you ever use this treatment for your child?


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