Premier supplements maker Coromega® and Generation Rescue, the leading national organization that provides information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders, have joined forces to raise awareness for foods and essential nutrients shown effective at easing symptoms of autism. Developed by leading omega-3 researcher and scientific advisory board member at Coromega, Dr. Douglas Bibus, and autism nutrition expert and founder of Nourishing Hope, Julie Matthews, The Autism Grocery Checklist is a tool designed to help families with children on the spectrum easily identify healthful foods and healing nutrients, which are valuable components to effective autism treatment.
The road to autism recovery begins by improving diet. The foods children eat and the nutrition they receive directly affect what happens in their brains, so it is important to understand what should be avoided and what is most beneficial.
Autism Grocery Checklist
Gluten-Free Grains & Flours
Casein-Free (and Soy-Free) Milk Substitutes
Healthy Fats & Oils
Omega-3 fatty acids
Meat & fish
Healthy Produce (Organic Preferred)
Vitamins, Minerals & Digestive Enzymes
Sodium, potassium & calcium
Herbs & Spices
Artificial colors, flavorings, preservatives & sweeteners
MSG, trans fats & high fructose corn syrup
“The diets of most children, especially those with autism, are lacking in sources of essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids,” said Dr. Bibus. “Getting adequate amounts of vital nutrients can be difficult to achieve through food alone. With this list, we hope to guide parents toward products that are most beneficial to the health of their children. Adding an omega-3 supplement for example, provides essential fatty acids that help cell membranes protect the body from bacteria and viruses, and they have been shown to positively affect mood and concentration.”
Autism is a whole-body disorder and diet-based therapies address underlying issues in the body’s natural processes affecting health and behavior. The removal of gluten and casein—by following a Gluten-Free/Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet—has shown to reduce inattentiveness and hyperactivity, improve speech and language, and improve digestive function, among other benefits. Implementing a healthy GFCF diet is an effective way for parents to integrate foods rich in healing nutrition—the first step toward improving the health and wellbeing of children with autism.
“Parents of children with autism should understand the significant influence of food and nutrition to the health of their children, and this grocery checklist is a great way to help them begin nutrition intervention quickly,” said Matthews. “The Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet is a perfect example—it is relatively simple and has proved to help children learn and feel better. This list features food, nutrients, and cooking staples within these strategic dietary guidelines, providing a foundation for any health plan.”
Since beginning their partnership in 2014, Coromega and Generation Rescue have together assisted families faced with the challenges of autism diagnosis, treatment and care. In addition, Coromega makes monthly donations of omega-3 products to the Generation Rescue grant program for families in need. Raising awareness and providing hope for families through donations and education represents a commitment to supporting this community and the path to autism recovery.
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Originally formulated by a Norwegian scientist searching for a way to encourage his granddaughter to take her daily dose of fish oil, Coromega was developed after more than 10 years of experimenting and trial and error. The delicious and innovative emulsion technology gained a United States patent in the early 1990s, and in 1999 Coromega was launched. Today, the Company manufactures and distributes a number of supplements, including Coromega Omega3 Squeeze, Coromega Kids Omega3 Squeeze, Coromega Omega3 Fruit Gummies for kids and adults and Coromega3 Big Squeeze. For more information about Coromega, please or visit www.coromega.com.
About Generation Rescue
Generation Rescue was founded in 2005 by JB and Lisa Handley, parents of an autistic child who were looking for autism support resources. The information they learned from other parents about how to treat the underlying symptoms of autism, in order to improve a child’s quality of life, became the inspiration for Generation Rescue. Generation Rescue educates, supports, advocates and truly empowers families affected by autism to achieve a better quality of life today and encourages healthy choices for future generations. Generation Rescue currently helps more than 25,000 families yearly affected by autism spectrum disorders – offering programs nationwide that provide services on a local level and providing mentors in 42 countries around the world. For more information on Generation Rescue or to learn more about specific programs and services offered, please visit www.generationrescue.org or call (877) 98-AUTISM.