Molecule found in broccoli linked to improved autism symptoms

October 13, 2014 8:36 PM

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Molecule found in broccoli linked to improved autism symptoms

A chemical found in broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables may reduce symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, suggests a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

For the study, scientists at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Lurie Center for Autism gave young men with moderate to severe autism, who ranged in age from 13 to 30, a dose of sulforaphane, a phytochemical derived from broccoli. Two-thirds of the participants’ social behaviors improved by the...

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