Optimizing Health & Cognition Through Food

Quick Overview

This presentation discusses the importance of a natural, non-processed food diet for individuals with Angelman Syndrome. The speaker shares personal experiences and success stories of individuals who have improved their health and cognition through dietary changes. Different diets such as LGIT, ketogenic, vegan, and autoimmune protocol are mentioned, but the common factor is the elimination of processed foods. The speaker also provides resources and recipe ideas for those interested in implementing a healthier diet.


In this talk, we will explore the importance of food in optimizing health and cognition for individuals with Angelman syndrome. We will discuss the concerns and experiences of parents and caregivers, as well as different dietary approaches that have shown positive results. The focus will be on natural, non-processed foods and their impact on inflammation, seizures, weight, allergies, and picky eating.

Concerns and Experiences

During the 2017 ASF Family Conference, parents and caregivers shared their main concerns regarding their loved ones with Angelman syndrome and their relationship with food and health. These concerns included difficulties in transitioning to a more natural, non-processed food diet, the impact of diet on seizures and medication, inflammation in the body, weight maintenance, and behavior.

The LGIT Approach

One approach that was discussed at the conference was the Low Glycemic Index Treatment (LGIT). This diet focuses on reducing the intake of high glycemic index foods, such as processed grains and sugars, and increasing the consumption of healthy fats and proteins. Some parents reported success in reducing seizures and medication through the LGIT approach.

The Importance of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Inflammation is a common issue in individuals with Angelman syndrome, and reducing inflammation can have a positive impact on overall health. The talk emphasizes the importance of an anti-inflammatory diet, which includes avoiding inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, genetically modified foods, artificial colors and flavors, and MSG. The author suggests that reducing inflammation can help improve overall health and cognition.

Personal Experiences and Success Stories

The talk highlights the experiences of several individuals with Angelman syndrome who have seen positive results from dietary changes. These success stories include improvements in seizures, tremors, sleep, bone density, cognition, and behavior. The diets mentioned range from LGIT and ketogenic diets to vegan and autoimmune protocols. The common factor among these diets is the focus on natural, non-processed foods.

Practical Tips and Resources

The talk provides practical tips for implementing dietary changes, including using tools like the Cronometer app to track nutritional needs, preparing homemade bone broth for gut health, and finding recipe ideas from online resources and support groups. The author also encourages parents and caregivers to connect with others in the Angelman syndrome community for support and advice.


Optimizing health and cognition through food is a key aspect of managing Angelman syndrome. The talk emphasizes the importance of a natural, non-processed food diet and shares personal experiences and success stories from parents and caregivers. By making dietary changes and focusing on anti-inflammatory foods, individuals with Angelman syndrome can improve their overall health and well-being.

Talk details

  • Title: Optimizing Health & Cognition Through Food
  • Author(s): Isabel Orellana de Chang
  • Author(s)’ affiliation: None
  • Publication date: 2017-08-14
  • Collection: 2017 ASF Family Conference