I've been doing a lot of research on the link between autism and glutathione. It has been found that children with autism have lower levels of glutathione than children without autism. Also, children who have gotten IV glutathione get better!
Here is an article I wrote on the subject.
When Autism strikes a family it is normal to seek out whatever help is available to assist the child in growing and developing as well as he or she possibly can. Over the years there have been various different treatments and therapies, each with their own degree of success. It has only been in more recent years though that the antioxidant, glutathione, has been brought up as a possible treatment to assist children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
So is there any truth to the stories and information out there about Glutathione and its effect on autism? There are documented case studies of multiple children with autism spectrum disorders who after a few treatments with Glutathione showed profound improvement. They became less combative, calmer and more cooperative. Some of the children were able to speak for the very first time in their lives. One mother reports that, after 4 glutathione treatments, her eight-year-old son was able to dress himself for the first time ever.
Glutathione is known as the master antioxidant and is, in fact, the most prevalent and powerful of all antioxidants in the human body. All other antioxidants, including vitamins A, C and E, require the correct levels of glutathione in order to perform their tasks within the body properly. Every cell in the body requires glutathione to function as they were created, but when glutathione levels are low or depleted, then they become vulnerable to damage by free radicals and oxidative stress. The brain is especially susceptible to oxidative stress and damage by free radicals. When healthy levels of glutathione are maintained then oxidative stress and its implications are greatly reduced. Hence the importance of maintaining the correct levels of this important antioxidant at all times.
Often blood tests from children with autism show a low level of glutathione. This means that oxidative stress is likely to be causing further damage to cells within the body, especially the brain, and also that toxin levels within the body will be higher than they should be. Both of these situations are improved greatly by increasing the glutathione levels in the body.
When a child is treated with glutathione their levels of this antioxidant greatly increase, thus assisting the body in fighting off the free radicals and reducing the impact of oxidative stress. The effect is holistic in that the glutathione works in three different ways: to detoxify the body, at a cell level; enhance and strengthen the immune system and act as an antioxidant to protect the body from the dangerous effects of oxidative stress. It is important to remember that this is not a cure, but rather a treatment that is helping many families that have a child with ASD.
Each case is individual and the results for each child are unique, but the improvements in many of the autistic children receiving glutathione treatments are truly promising. Parents are able to hear their child speak and see them interacting with others, which was certainly not the case before their glutathione interventions. It is also important to have a holistic view of autism and to ensure a healthy diet that reduces the effects of ASD. Behavioral coaching may also be something that benefits the child. When the combination of diet, behavioral intervention and glutathione treatments are combined then it definitely appears, from documented cases, that there may be drastic improvements in the child's socialization skills, interaction and verbalization.