Best Foods for Autism

Best Foods for Autism

[Music] you may remember my series of videos about the engine of aging enzyme tour well kids with autism tend to have higher tor activity in their bodies in this hyperactive tour signaling may actually play a role in causing autism making tor a potential target to treat autism or even theoretically reverse it if we could target downstream tor signaling like between tor and s 6k one well that’s actually one of the ways broccoli compounds kills off prostate cancer cells by inhibiting the signal transduction between tor and s 6k one breast cancer two Sofer faint is a potent inhibitor of breast cancer cells because it targets downstream elements of the tor pathway so if we gave broccoli to those with autism if it blocks tor maybe would block some of the synaptic dysfunction that contributes to the features of autism and that’s in addition to blocking autism pathways for other ways oxidative stress and lower antioxidant capacity the mitochondrial dysfunction the brain inflammation and not just in a petri dish so for a faint can cross the blood-brain barrier you eat broccoli and so far faint quickly reaches your brain to exert its protective effects in theory but you don’t know until you put it to the test but now you can understand why such a study could attract researchers from leading institutions Harvard Hopkins get published in one of our most prestigious journals penis the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences but what did they find well first what did they do a placebo controlled double-blind randomized trial young men ages 13 through 27 with moderate to severe autism received so far thing from broccoli sprouts or an indistinguishable sugar pill they were dosed according to body weight those under 100 pounds got about a tablespoon of broccoli sprouts worth of sulfur fainted it’s about a cups worth of broccoli between 100 and 200 pounds I’ve got about two cups of broccoli it’s worth or two tablespoons of fresh broccoli sprouts and the big boys got three cups worth a day of or a little under 1/4 cup of broccoli sprouts why didn’t they just use actual broccoli or actual sprouts because then you couldn’t have a blinded study the the patient’s doctors and parents would know who’s getting the special treatment and who’s not and that could introduce bias just through the placebo effect so instead no one knew until the end who got the Soffer Fame and who just got nothing in a pill they chose dietary sulforaphane because of its capacity to reverse oxidation dysfunction inflammation yeah but but when put to the test did it actually work well the placebo didn’t give people with autism nothing and nothing much happens but effectively secretly sneak them some broccoli and substantial improvements in behavior a social interaction and verbal communication but it all disappeared once the broccoli stopped let me show you what it looks like this is the ABC score the aberrant behavior checklist which includes things like repetitive behaviors in the placebo group no big change which is what you’d expect but the abnormal behaviors plunged in the sulforaphane group the group that got the sufferer Fame found in about five cents worth of broccoli sprouts a day but the study ended on week 18 and a month later things were heading back to where they started similar findings for a social responsiveness scale significant improvements until the treatment was stopped and then caught right back up to how poorly those in the placebo group continued to function and these warrant just scores on a page the substantial improvements were conspicuous that doctors could see their parents and caregivers could see the improvements no drug has ever been shown to have these kinds of effects and look these were young men starting age you know thirteen one could imagine it working as well or even better for younger children because their brain is still developing and look what’s the downside broccoli sprouts are widely consumed all over the world without any reports of adverse effects now remember we’re talking about Whole Foods not broccoli or some phofane supplements remember I did videos about them in broccoli sprouts work commercial broccoli sprout supplements hardly at all broccoli has sulfur Thane florets more than the stems broccoli sprouts as like ten times more but broccoli pills powders and supplements have little or none so broccoli and cruciferous vegetables for all kids autism or not and hey maybe pregnant women as well for potential prenatal prevention of autism in the first place [Music] you



  • Steven

  • Tini lein

    so i just feed my autistic 3 year old with 200g raw brokoli every day?

  • sebastian Merket

    Thanks Dr for all This informaciΓ³n , is realy help people

  • Phil Ivey

    Grass fed beef brocolli n sweet potato is for dinner. Vegans are nerds.

  • Tini lein

    is there any evidence that this glutenfree casein free diet helps? i read a study about it and we are trying it atm; my daughter improved but not sure if it is the foodπŸ€”

  • Johannes Anttila

    Thank you for your work! Helps so so many people to make healthier choises! 😊

  • lauraqp1995

    These is great news. My brother has mild autism and honestly if feeding him broccoli everyday helps him even alittle, it is worth trying it. IΒ΄m also psychology student and it always amazes me how often patients are prescribed medication when there are more effective treatment plans that just require changing their behaviour and habits.

  • Nike!

    Too bad most autists only want to eat chicken tenders and mountain dew

  • Hakuna Matata

    Great video! 2 questions:
    1. Why does the sulforaphane disappear in supplements – should I be worried about cooking broccoli and losing all the sulforaphane? (I have always eaten it cooked)
    2. Autism kids are notorious for their picky eating habits and tendency to prefer junk food and fatty foods. Is that a reflection of the disease or is it a reflection of the prevalence of poor eating habits? (chicken and egg question, I know)

  • MT Y

    ITT: PNAS jokes

  • Daniel S

    So.. did autism rates start rising about the same time parents stopped making their kids eat broccoli? Serious question.

  • japo1141

    Sorry just to confirm broccoli sprouts are just as effective as regular broccoli? Just as long as it's in plant form?

  • SeekerOfTruths

    Wait, I'm lost! Isn't Tor an anonymous search engine?!

  • The x


  • JΓΌrgen Noll

    Wow, just wow!

  • Charles the Bold

    So we need to tell everyone on 4chan and /pol to eat broccoli?

  • ericka thomas

    Finally! Thank you!

  • Jonesyweb

    Study based on cooked or raw broccoli?

  • ApoE-Ξ΅2/Ξ΅3

    Gee Doc, what about Glucoraphanin and Myrosinase, all supplements are not created equal.
    Jed Fahey, Sc.D. on Isothiocyanates, the Nrf2 Pathway, Moringa & Sulforaphane Supplementation.

  • Vegan Mama

    Wow! Do you think this advice would also apply to ADHD and behavioural troubles?

  • geezuz183

    is it as simple as just giving broccoli sprouts, without heating the sprouts to a particular temperature? so that "sulforaphane nitriles" aren't produced, instead of the beneficial sulforaphane? Here's a link to Dr. Rhonda Patrick, speaking on it.

  • luna57

    I don't understand…"The amount of sulforaphane that was administered in the study is many times higher than you can reasonably get through food. Even sulforaphane-rich foods like brussels sprouts, broccoli and broccoli sprouts don’t have enough of the chemical to get you close. So eating these vegetables can’t be expected to improve autism symptoms. Within reason though, eating sulforaphane-rich vegetables is safe and healthy."

  • Vince

    IIRC, and I think this was from another video from this channel, any sulfur containing vegetable, like cruciferous, onions and garlic, help to bind heavy metal toxins to the sulfur. When you excrete the sulfur, there goes the toxins!

  • Conscientious Omnivore

    OK, this was totally worth the wait πŸ™‚ This is amazing news and I will be sharing this right away. Thanks Dr. Greger for all that you do! Hoping this gets billions of views soon.

  • justgivemethetruth

    0:56 – so if we gave broccoli to those with autism, if it blocks TOR, MAYBE …

    MAYBE ??????? Β Is this just wild groundless speculation or what?

  • Caleb Shares

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  • justgivemethetruth

    From the Autism Speaks website:
    Q – Today, a lot of parents are talking about adding broccoli sprouts to their kid’s salads and sandwiches. Can this help? Hurt?

    A – The amount of sulforaphane that was administered in the study is many times higher than you can reasonably get through food. Even sulforaphane-rich foods like brussels sprouts, broccoli and broccoli sprouts don’t have enough of the chemical to get you close. So eating these vegetables can’t be expected to improve autism symptoms. Within reason though, eating sulforaphane-rich vegetables is safe and healthy.

  • Mohamed Nadjmo - Ω…Ψ­Ω…Ψ― Ω†Ψ¬Ω…Ωˆ

    wow .. thank you sir

  • adamx182

    what is the best foods to induce autism?

  • PlantPowered Earthlings

    Well I guess I'll be having broccoli sprouts for the rest of my life! πŸ˜‰ This takes the saying, " creation gives us everything we need" to the next level. I think I may be in love with broccoli

  • Matthew Davis

    I'm 34 and have Asperger's. Looks like I need to eat more broccoli.

  • XvPunkyNerdvX

    I think processed food can make ASD symptoms worse. However, I don't believe that a plant based diet is a "cure all" and will suddenly take away ASD (currently dealing with a diagnosis here and 32). I kinda hate when doctors think there needs to be a cure for ASD. It's something you're born with. For the record, I don't believe there's anything wrong with being autistic either. It has it's ups and downs, sure. And I know it's a wide spectrum and some struggle more than others. But I think it's the ever growing stereotypes and stigmas that keep people thinking people with ASD need to be cured. It's pretty demoralizing to be honest. And to be fair, I know you share this info to be helpful. I'm not discredited your good intentions. But merely wanted to clarify that we're not all desperately in search of a cure. Parents who want a perfect child are. We're not broken. And by the looks of these comments, it sure seems like that's what most people think.


    thank you 1000x

  • Zuy Jojoboy

    I just got a thought that sickness is so not normal and humans should and could be so healthy, everyone healthy and happy like all of the animals out there in the beautiful wild if we would only stick with what's natural,so many unnecessary diseases and wasted lives … ;/

  • zukodude487987

    Everyone on the internet needs eat that since everyone on the internet is autistic.

  • William Read

    Is Bacon cooked in coconut oil safe to eat?

  • Kombaiyashii

    Can anyone interpret the chart at 3:40 to me? Obviously the broccoli group is doing better, but is the change enough to undiagnose them of autism, how much difference is this score in real terms?

  • egal

    Luckily I love PNAS.

  • Jam Daly

    press 3 to find your PNAS

  • drinkbeetlejuice

    They used a sulforaphane supplement in this study. So, the end of the video is a little misleading.

  • dj121

    Does raw kale have as much sulforaphane as broccoli sprouts?

  • DJ Arnoldo

    Truly remarkable work.

  • Matthew Niedbala

    1:47 lol

  • A Serious Salamander

    Please let 4chan/pol/ know about this immediately

  • Tara S

    How much would be the recommendation for pregnant women?

  • Robert GΕ‚ogowski

    There's a substantial error in polish subs. 'Sprouts' were (literally) translated as 'cabbage – kapusta'. 'KieΕ‚ki' is the correct sense I believe. It should be corrected asap.

  • Near Air

    I only see broccoli being sold in the supermarkets. Anyone see broccoli sprouts? How do you get these things?


    DR.GREGOR how did the researchers pack sulphorophane inside the pill ? In your previous videos, you mention that sulphorophane is extremely minimal in supplement form?

  • The Puppet Bunch

    pnas lol

  • Emily BH -Here's another discovery that has DRAMATIC affects on autistic kids – Glutamic Acid (MSG) is snuck into a lot of our food and they use "codes" to label it such as words like "enriched" "fortified" "natural flavors" "spices" "extracts" "citric acid". This shows an autistic child before and after she'd stopped being fed commercial packaged foods. She's totally normal on the clean diet.

  • Angela Catalano

    Dr. Greger, can you please do an update of coffee and caffeine?! Thank you so much

  • Theresa Lawson

    Having trouble getting tge kid to eat broccolli sprouts. Tried explaining that it was good for her autistic brain, but she is 4 and doesn't care. If I dry it grind it up and stir it in her food or bake it in her waffles will that work? Serious question. Would appriciate a response.

  • Christine DaCosta

    amazing…so amazing.

  • da gawd

    Broccoli sprouts have more sulphoraphane than any other food tested so far

  • ifer lyf

    Autistic brains are made differently from neurotypical brains, so a change in hormones wouldn't "reverse" it…

  • Cindy Marshall

    Eat a plant based diet when you're pregnant!

  • A A

    Thank you for this series!

  • Douglas Rapstine

    Autism is not a disorder and doesn't need to be cured.

    What we need to find a cure for is Neurotypical syndrome.

  • kiskopter

    What are the best foods for balding Dr? πŸ™‚

  • ashe higgs

    link to the study?

  • Ramin Javaherian

    I do understand that many of the Dietary supplement pills do not have enough sulforaphane in them. If you familiar with kids with autism you would know having them trying new food is very hard. I have found two supplement pills that good amount of sulforaphane in them. Jarrow Formulas BroccoMax, Supports Liver Health, Delayed Veggie Caps have 30 MG of sulforaphane and
    Thorne Research – Crucera-SGS – Broccoli Seed Extract for Antioxidant Support – Sulforaphane Glucosinolate (SGS) – Capsules has 50 MG of Sulforaphane. Do you think any of these two could work as well as the actual sprout ?

  • Felicia Palmer

    Could this help with. ADHD?

  • genesis bustamante

    food is the best drug

  • Steven Mackey

    Thank you for all of your work!

  • LadyMonoceros

    The fun thing about broccoli is that you can prepare it in many tasty ways!
    Broccoli rice is one of my favorites! πŸ˜€

  • Lisa Marie

    I juice broccoli sprouts. Is juicing 1 cup of raw sprouts too much? I tend to "overdo" good things πŸ˜‰ Any feedback would be appreciated

  • Nitsan Simantov


  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man

    Dr Greger really is one of the greatest living doctors in the world. I love his analysis of research in journals, as well as his ability to sneak some mild humor into it. Every registered dietician and soon-to-be registered dietician needs to use Dr. Greger as a role model.

  • Caleb Shares

    **** please answer this question ****

    If I am making homemade broccoli sprout power ( sprouting seeds, dehydrating them, then blending them) do you think that’s the same as the commercial broccoli supplements like you stated in the video that would have no impact???

    I was thinking that a good way to add the sprouts would be to hide it in the foods that he would eat. But now I am worried that if I dehydrate them I will take all this benefits away.

  • Mohit Dang

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  • dtadeo2006


  • Sanders776

    I am using sulforaphane for my 8 years old Autistic son around two weeks now. The difference is huge, his communication and behaviour is improved. The anxiety is gone. Thank you for this video, should I be aware of any side effects ?

  • Cerise

    Dear Dr Gregor, will blending or juicing broccoli using a Masticating juicers produce sulforaphane?

  • Gavin Matthews

    does he mean sprouted broccoli seeds or babe broccoli sprouts ?

  • misteur axe

    TL;DR: eat broccoli sprouts.

  • Doleta Wood

    Wait! Why didnt you tell the sulforiphane is destroyed in cooking? I learned that from one of your very own broccoli videos!

  • Robert Dixon

    We live in such a fragmented society. I seriously doubt 1 in a 1,000 medical doctors or mental health experts are aware of this connection. The industry should be sued for gross negligence. On the plus side, I am a school psychologist and will be forwarding this information to every parent of autistic children I test. Awesome job Dr Greger!

  • monica shelvin

    Hey Doc! Β I've got a three year old who has Autism. Β Would you say that liquid Chlorophyll will work for improvement?

  • tdreamgmail

    I thought mTOR was the key to getting jacked.

  • Joe Curran

    I have autism and frequently consume green tea. I know and understand individual stories are not considered scientific, but I find I am better on it – it makes me feel calmer and less anxious. It also has significant anti-oxidant properties. Can you look into this please Dr. Greger? Perhaps even conduct a study on it?

  • MMM mm

    Can you also get sulforaphane from cauliflower?Β  Need a sneaky way to get a picky eater to consume sulforaphane.. and at 6 with anxiety issues not taking pills yet

  • Ideoform Sun

    Thank you for this information.

  • Jeff Eppenger

    Getting an Autistic kid to eat broccoli is like having someone that just won the Lotto giving their winning ticket to you. Now i know there may be some out there that will eat it but the autistic people I know including my own son? Good Luck. My son can't swallow pills either. So this is a great find no joke but PLEASE tell me how to get Autistic people to eat Broccoli.

  • J Y

    Is he funded by the broccoli growers association? 🀣

  • Caleb Shares

    So if I dehydrated broccoli sprout there would be no sulfurahane in the powder?

  • Mrinal Kansari

    What is broccoli spraut.

  • Jimmi Andersen

    Penis πŸ™‚

  • Maureen K

    I haven't heard anyone talking about this? Why not? Does sulforaphane have any effect on ALS?

  • Spicy Artisan Hipster Salami

    I wonder how it’d work on a teen with very HFA, without behavioral problems… just problems with short term memory and organizational/time management skills

  • Gudduluv u Kumar

    Broccoli is very bad for weak digestive system kindly suggest something else I have a sever autistic daughter who is now 13 yrs

  • awaretenacious

    Why.Are.You.Speaking.Like this..It.Is.A.Bit.Distracting. That being said, nice information though, thank you for sharing.

  • Soldier957

    Wow. Now, the only question left is HOW THE HELL do I get my kid to eat broccoli and brussel sprouts!!??

  • Mindful Divergence


  • L Williams

    Can I request a video on Dr.Robert Naviaux’s research on Suramin and autism? Thank you.

  • L Williams

    My 14 year old son with autism started eating broccoli for the first time this weekend. Wondering how long it will take to see any changes.

  • Chris Namaste

    For more on sulforaphane see: and

  • Jam Sk8er

    Can you cook the Broccoli or does it have to be consumed raw?

  • First Name Last Name

    Penis! Ha-ha! I wonder if it would work for ADHD?

  • Bonnie Hoke-Scedrov


  • J T

    1:46 ok, so I didn’t mishear what Doc Gregor said. Man, they need to really change the pronunciation of that acronym.

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