Down’s Syndrome

Also indexed as:Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome
Enjoy a higher quality of life by managing the medical conditions often associated with this genetic disease. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Zinc
1 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) of body weight daily3 stars[3 stars]
Zinc may improve immune function, reduce infection rates, and stimulate growth. Take under a doctor’s supervision.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine
500 mg three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Acetyl-L-carnitine appears to improve visual memory and attention in people with Down’s Syndrome.
Vitamin E
100 to 400 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taking vitamin E may improve antioxidant protection. Ask your doctor before supplementing with this vitamin.
Folic Acid
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
People with Down’s syndrome may be deficient in folic acid and may benefit from supplementation.
Multivitamin
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Children with Down’s syndrome who take a daily multivitamin may experience improved intellectual functioning.
Selenium
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
People with Down’s syndrome may be deficient in selenium. A preliminary study found that antioxidant activity in the body improved when children with Down’s syndrome took selenium.
Vitamin B12
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
People with Down’s syndrome may be deficient in vitamin B12 and may benefit from supplementation.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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