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Is broccoli the key to an effective autism treatment? - Advocacy in Action
Updated Friday, June 5, 2015 Credit: Puamelia on Flickr Autism symptoms improved significantly in individuals after receiving sulforaphane, a chemical derived from broccoli, according to a study. Sulforaphane improved social and communication skills and lessened repetitive behaviors, report researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Forty males with autism between the ages of 13 and 27 participated in the study. Twenty-six participants received daily doses of sulforaphane. The rest of the participants received a placebo. Over half of the males who took sulforaphane showed substantial improvement in social interaction and verbal communication. In addition, repetitive and ritualistic behaviors lessened. These improvements were lost when …