Salicylates are a family of plant chemicals that protect plants from pest and disease. The best known salicylate is aspirin which was originally from the willow bark. If you are sensitive to aspirins you are likely to have a problem with salicylates.
People with a sensitivity to salicylates can experience unwanted reactions to eating natural foods such as fruits, vegetables and nuts in the same way people can experience side effects when taking aspirin.
Herbs, spices, jams, yeast extract, tea, coffee, juice, beer, wines as well as perfumes, scented toiletries, eucalyptus oils and some supplements and medications can all be problematic for a person with an intolerance to salicylates.
Salicylate intolerance can result in a very wide range of physical, behavioural and mental symptoms including headaches, asthma, aching muscles and joints, insomnia, fatigue, depression and memory problems. Fortunately, in many cases salicylate intolerance can be overcome or reduced in severity.
THE FOLLOWING MAY BE USEFUL FOR MANAGING AND OVERCOMING A SALICYLATE INTOLERANCE
- Elimination and avoidance for a period of time. If not resolved in 6 month a rotation diet may be recommended.
Feingold Program Eliminates certain man made food additives and salicylates. This helps with many health conditions, however, many people use if for they consider are learning and behavioural difficulties - with success!
Failsafe eating a good alternative to the Feingold Program that also reduces exposure to other natural plant chemicals e.g. amines and glutamate and man made additives. Can also eliminate dairy and gluten on the Failsafe eating program.
- Food rotation
- Digestive enzymes
- Epsom salt baths
- Supplements that support the sulphation liver detoxification pathways, including the amino acid glycine and the mineral molybdenum to.
- Addressing gut issues.
THINGS TO AVOID IF YOU HAVE A SALICYLATE INTOLERANCE
- Any food that is not low in salicylates. This will help reduce or even stop associated symptoms. Once you have established your level of tolerance to salicylates through an elimination and provocation challenge you can modify your diet accordingly.
- Cough lollies, syrups and medications, mouthwash or inhalations that contain menthol, mint, camphor, eucalyptus or tea tree oil. These may make you feel better but can be powerful irritants for individuals with allergy, food and chemical sensitivities.
- Pain relieving medications to avoid are aspirin, natural herbal pain relieving compounds, non-steroid anti-inflammatory agents (Advil, Nurofen, Voltaren).
- Avoid liquid paracetamol preparations as they are coloured and/or flavoured and should not be given if tolerance to them has not been tested.
- Antioxidants, multivitamins and other nutritional products with preservatives, flavourings, colourings, bioflavonoids, herbs, rutin, kelp or hesperidin.
Other Resources you may find useful (External links)
Low salicylate Medications: Medications listed as suitable for those with salicylate and amine (Phenolic) sensitivities by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Clinic. Refer guide: Medications for use with a Low Phenolic Diet at www.asehaqld.org.au.
The Salicylate Sensitivity website provides lists of foods containing salicylates, information on products, useful links and more. Note these food lists are different to list in Friendly Food RPAH Allergy unit that classifies its lists by low chemical, moderate and high salicylate, glutamate and amine containing natural foods.
Low Salicylate Products and supplements can be found at: Web Shop Emporium
Cleure - Salicylate free and low chemical personal care products
Enzyme StuffFood sensitivities and enzymes: This site provides information on salicylate intolerance and how to manage food intolerance with digestive enzymes. It also has lists classifications for foods containing salicylates.
Prohealth:Salicylate free Vitamins and Supplements
EHC-D Newsletter Is Your Body Asking For Sulfur? >>Click Here to download
*Sulfur is needed for specific sulfur detoxification pathways which clear, phenols, salicylates, hormones etc
It is not generally advisable to stay on a low salicylate diet indefinitely, except in very extreme cases. Fruits and vegetables that are high in salicylates also have many health enhancing qualities. For example, they are highly nutritious, provide valuable antioxidants, thin the blood to stop blood clotting, and are good for the heart. If you have a severe salicylate intolerance, or ongoing salicylate intolerance, following a rotation diet may be a better option, than eating low salicylate foods for an extended period of time. A dietition with a good understanding of salicylate intolerance can help you create an eating plan that ensures you do not miss out on valuable nutrients