Alternative health supplements should not say their products have no artificial additives and then pack them with very strong natural flavours and salicylates. A dedicated mum had to deal with the reaction this caused.
Hi Joan, we have been continuing to manage diet for our two delightful but challenging boys with ADHD-type symptoms. Discovering mistakes along the way and working to sort through them. We have come across some oppositional type behaviour due to inconsistencies with our parenting based on the “they’re having a reaction, we’ll go easy on them” type reasoning but we noticed that perhaps not all bad behaviour is reaction based.
We purchased some Carusos kids calm and behaviour supplement to see if it would help calm the boys a bit and within less than 24 hours (after having a few days of beautiful behaviour) they went feral with aggression and defiance. I have
spoken with Carusos and they say no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It does contain natural berry flavour. Made from fresh berries in Victoria. They are dried and turned into a powder. They also use stevia sugar. I wonder if you would mind having a look at the product to see if you can pinpoint anything that might be causing the reaction. Based on our experiences I am thinking either amines from the drying/aging process or Salicylates from the berries themselves (the boys can’t have strawberries for instance due to reactions). I’d really appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you!!
Hi Nicky, Nice to hear from you, and that you are still trying to make diet work well. It is an ongoing complex battle I know! You are doing well appreciating the mixture of diet and parent management. ADHD kids and kids with like symptoms need firm management 24/7 and that does take lots of energy and perseverance. With regard to the Carusos kids calm, it may not have artificial additives but it can have strong natural berry flavour additives. So I suspect the reaction you had is part salicylate and part berry flavour. These cause reactions when the natural fruit is eaten. As well, drying the fruit also concentrates them. The stevia sugar does not usually cause reactions so we will not worry about it. Neither do the magnesium nor zinc, but I haven’t had anyone say they helped children be calmer either. You are entitled to be really annoyed with a company that sells a product but gives no indication of the flavour berry ingredients! The alternative health industry can be confusing. They want their products to be seen as more like foods than medicines so they don’t have to prove the benefit in the same way, but they want the products to be more like medicines in that they do not have to have a complete ingredient list! The best way to find out if it is the berries that have caused the reaction is to test berries on their own. However, since no other ingredients in this product are suspect for food sensitive children, this product has really been a test for you. You can see in Tolerating Troublesome Foods that reactions to the berry family are worse than reactions to strawberries which are really a different fruit. Some day when you want to test real berries for some reason it would be wise to begin with very small doses. Thank you for letting other families know to become assertive about asking about all additives in any alternative health product. Warm regards, Joan