Instead of buying designer handbags, I buy vitamins instead…

and I use “designer handbags” merely as an example because for what we spend in a month in vitamins, I could have a closet loaded with a plethora of designer handbags. (Not that I would, I’m a one handbag kinda girl.) Instead of Gucci, Mark Jacobs, and Prada; names like Nordic Naturals and Kirkman are the ones I’m shopping for.

So, in lieu of that Mark Jacobs bag I have been eyeing lately, I spent several days researching which supplements we are going to try next. Here’s what I bought and why:

  • Carlson Vitamin D3 drops (I don’t think Nicholas is getting enough D)
  • Calcium Chewables (He’s not getting enough calcium either)
  • Pycnogenol – botanical antioxidant which is one of few which can cross the blood-brain barrier and directly enter neurons. It is a powerful scavenger of free radicals and therefore can help relieve the oxidative stress that is common among children with autism, adhd, etc. Studies have indicated that it is a more powerful antioxidant than C and E. It can act as a powerful anti-inflammatory, when used in higher dosage. Because free radical damage and inflammation are components of so many diseases and disorders, pycnogenol is used as an element of nutritional therapy for a wide array of problems ranging from asthma to arthritis to ADHD to heart disease. It does not appear to have significant side effects and is generally well tolerated. Bock recommends 25-200mg per day depending on size, age and other treatment and indications
  • Creatine Powder (His blood and urine levels were low) – This is an amino acid which is often low in autistic children partly because its metabolism can be blocked by mercury. Creatine is involved in energy transfer, in both brain and muscle – detox is one of the cellular processes that is energy-dependent. Low creatine is believed to be the cause of deficient expressive speech among some autistic kids. (more about creatine in Bock’s book)
  • Glucosamine –
  • B-6 Capsules (I don’t think he is getting enough B-6 either, so we’re going to add a little bit more and see if there is any improvement)
  • Transfer Factor
  • Ubiquinol – (I bought this to replace the CoQ10 which didn’t show any improvement)
  • Acetyl L carnitine –
  • Folapro (I bought this to replace the folinic acid to see if there is any difference)
  • I’ll add more info on these supplements later.

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    2 Responses to “Instead of buying designer handbags, I buy vitamins instead…”

    1. debinIL says:

      Show off! Only the ritzy supplements for your kid.

      Elitist!

    2. Mom says:

      🙂 Thanks for that – I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes!

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