The worst problem for patients with ADHD/ADD is usually the inability to focus their thoughts on one thing at a time. This is particularly troublesome for school children. When casein (milk protein) and gluten (grain protein) are partially broken down, opioid peptides are formed. These are substances which have a morphine-like effect on the brain, and which are believed to be a cause of the lacking ability to concentrate in ADHD/ADD. There is also a tendency towards addiction to the opioid peptides. An unvaried diet with large consumption of bread and/or dairy products is a classic indicator of protein intolerance, which this phenomenon has been termed. Withdrawal symptoms are quite common when these foods are removed from the diet.
A gluten-free and/or casein-free diet (GFCF) often leads to dramatic improvement in the ability to concentrate, and many children function much better in the school environment. Through feedback from parents, we’ve heard that some schools have phoned the parents and asked what they had done to the children to make them so calm and concentrated. This tells a lot about what a GFCF-diet can do for children with ADHD and ADD. For adults, we’ve received less feedback, but many of them indicate significant improvement in concentration.
To implement a gluten-free and/or casein-free diet is a pretty drastic intervention into a person’s life. Most people would therefore like to know if there is any basis for a diet. Far from all patients with ADHD or ADD have elevated levels of opioid peptides, and therefore would have no benefit from a GFCF diet. Many of the patients only react to casein or gluten (not both) and can implement a much less severe diet.
To find out whether or not a GFCF-diet can be of use, we perform a urinary peptide analysis. This analysis determines with a fairly high degree of certainty if the patient has protein intolerance. Testkits can be ordered on our ordering page.
Probiozym in ADHD/ADD
Probiozym is a probiotic product which consists of 4 species of lactic acid bacteria, of which two has the ability to break down opioid peptides. They will devour the opioid peptides formed by small amounts of casein and gluten eaten accidentally by the patient. A huge number of products contain trace amounts of gluten or casein, and this could be enough to render a diet ineffective. For instance, few people know that ordinary gluten-free flour contains trace amounts of gluten. It’s good enough for celiacs, but not necessarily for patients with protein intolerance. Probiozym may also reduce the negative effects caused by a more massive diet breach.
In ADHD/ADD, addiction to the harmful peptides often develops. This often causes children to steal dairy- or grain products when the grown-ups are out of sight. In a situation like this, Probiozym could be useful because it will gradually remove the peptides.