Gut Microbe Deficiency Found in Children with ASD

Inadequate Ratios of Detoxifying Enzymes Can Cause a Toxic Overload

A team of Chinese scientists have discovered additional evidence that autism is related to microbiome imbalances. While prior research has connected these two conditions before, these innovative researchers have now shed more light on how microbe deficiency can cause symptoms of autism. Their study involved collecting stool samples from children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and children without the disorder. After analyzing samples from both groups, the team discovered that children with ASD had an inadequate ratio of detoxifying enzymes in their stool. The research team believes this finding is very significant, suggesting that enzyme deficiency leads to a situation where the microbiome can no longer support a robust detoxification process. The team believes that a malfunctioning detoxification process in the gut can cause toxins to enter the bloodstream. Once these toxins infiltrate the bloodstream, damage to mitochondria inside brain cells may occur leading to symptoms of autism. 

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