Are there diets that can help Asperger’s patients?

The doctors think my daughter has Asperger’s syndrome. I read something about how cutting out certain foods can make a huge difference. Do you have information on that type of diet?

Part of the autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s syndrome can affect how a person socializes and communicates with others. Children with Asperger’s syndrome often display social awkwardness and can become completely absorbed in certain topics.
Many parents look for dietary answers to help with this condition, such as a gluten-free (no wheat, barley or rye) or casein-free (primarily in milk and dairy products) diets. There is no conclusive evidence that these elimination diets work for Asperger’s syndrome. I would caution using them without the advice and guidance of your daughter’s doctor and dietitian, as it’s important that she get all of the nutrients her body needs.

Some people have used supplements such as Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-6 and magnesium, vitamin C, in combination with other vitamins and Carnosine. Some try Melatonin to help their children sleep better, but this can cause side effects. There may be some supportive evidence for these, but again, I would speak with your daughter’s doctor before giving her any over-the-counter supplements.

For more information and support please ask your healthcare team about local support groups in your area. I also suggest you check out the Online Asperger Syndrome and Support Web site (OASIS) at


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