Food intolerance for ADDers

I wanted to let everyone know of a food issue that may help those suffering with ADHD. My partner has been on this diet for just a week but it has already made a huge difference. He is much calmer (now I'm the stressful one waiting for him to flare up again!)

Basically, some common chemicals in foods, including fruits and vegetables, can cause ADD/ADHDers to act up. Salicylates in particular have commonly been linked to ADHD symptoms, and the absence of them (and sometimes other food chemicals) have helped many people.

People would need to do a pretty strict elimination diet to know for sure, but even just a trial of cutting out high salicylate fruits and vegetables, preservatives and colourings can help an awful lot.

I can't encourage you enough to do some exploring of your own, you'll see the evidence is substantial.

Here are some sites for further info:

or actually even just google "salicylates adhd"

Has anyone else tried eliminating salicylates and amines?

Another great website


Under 'symptoms' is where they talk about ADHD. My partner is still doing really well, he no longer has this half-panic state all the time. It can be nothing else but the salicylates he was eating.

He still has other symptoms, but we haven't had luck with the stimulant drugs (speeds him up more). So now we will be trying Strattera, but the benefits from the diet have already been so profound that I think we might be able to manage even if he isn't one of those people helped by drugs.