Vitamin Methyl B12 and Folate
Remember to journal every day. Vitamin methyl B12 will often show changes, (usually improvements), very quickly. Watch for better energy levels, possibly better focus, and overall behavior.
Note that this supplement should be started at a low dose (muscle test for acceptance and dosage first) and slowly increased. Many kids are sensitive to it due to methylation issues, and hyperactivity can result with too much initially. Glutathione should always be implemented first.
I like working with the multivitamins that have both folate and B12 in them as it also has nutrients like TMG to support methylation as well.
Some kids do not do that well with just adding in folate and do better with B12 and folate at the same time.
Sunlingual tabs melt in the mouth and do not need digestion to be working properly to absorb so they can be a good option. Capsules can be opened up and poured into food or beverage. I link to both options. It’s your choice.
You will begin with about 1/8-1/4 cap and see how your child does. If ok, then increase by 1/4 cap a day to get to their dosage. Links included above are to Brainchild Nutritionals. After registering on their website use code, naturallyrecoveringautism, at checkout to receive 15% off.
The needs of B12 for a child with autism will vary per individual depending on need more so than age, but we will begin with the suggestion for age and see how he does. It may be sufficient. In the beginning some kids need a bit more as a therapeutic dosage before going back to a daily maintenance dosage. You will need to begin with a very small amount such as 1/8-1/4 of the suggested dosage for his age because when methylation pathways (detox pathways) are still working poorly it can cause hyperactivity. I’d start with a very low dosage like this and see how he does. If all is well after 3 days on that dosage then titrate up in a 1/4 increment more and see how he does, and so on, until you get to the dosage for his age. If possible, muscle test for his needs now.
B vitamins are NOT fat soluble. They are water soluble, which means the body will just excrete what it cannot use, so there’s no harm in too much.
Suggested amounts of Vitamin B12 per age:
Infants aged 6 months and younger need 0.4 mcg of B12 per day
Infants aged 7 to 12 months need 0.5 mcg of B12 per day
Toddlers aged 1 to 3 years need 0.9 mcg of B12 per day
Kids aged 4 to 8 years need 1.2 mcg of B12 per day
Kids aged 9 to 13 need 1.8 mcg of B12 per day
Teenagers aged 14 to 18 need 2.4 mcg of B12 per day
Please watch my interview here with Dr. Richard Deth, research specialist in methylation, and vitamin B12.
Additional episodes on methylation:
The Methylation Cycle [podcast episode #25} and interview with Dr. Bob Miller.
The Importance of B Vitamins in Autism (podcast episode #101}
SNP Genes and Autism [podcast episode #32]
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