My younger daughter cannot consume gluten/wheat, dairy (casein), eggs, or soy. She is also allergic to propylene glycol. Finding some supplements without these ingredients are difficult. We found that even if gluten or soy is not listed as an ingredient, it does not mean there is no gluten or soy in that product!
One example is a Tryptophan supplement I bought. I had been looking for a 1000 mg size and thought I found it. I called the manufacturer only to find that many tryptophan supplements have some gluten in it, and if their product does not specifically say “gluten free,” then there probably is some in it.
Other times I have ordered products on-line, seeing no allergens listed in the ingredients only to get the bottle and there, below the ingredient list, are the words: “Contains soy” or “Contains gluten.” Even a fish oil product that did not list soy directly, but listed vitamin E (tocopherol), when investigating deeper, I found the tocopherol was in a soy base!
It is maddening that many sites do not list the entire product label on-line! Buyer beware! Contact the manufacturer if you are not sure!
I am therefore starting a list of usually allergenic supplements that our children commonly require that I find in a hypoallergenic formulation.
I’d love to have others help me with this list!
Note: Always double-check anything you buy, including anything from this, or any other, list!!
Vitamin E with gamma tocopherol (Common allergen: Soy)
- Douglas Laboratories Aqua-E (liquid)
- A.C. Grace Company Unique E Complex
- VillageGreen Apothecary - Pathway - Complete E™
N-Acetyl Tyrosine (common allergens: gluten)
- Jarrow N-Acetyl Tyrosine
CoQ10 (common allergens: soy & gluten)
- Life Extension Super Absorbable CoQ 10 (Ubiquinone) 50 mg
- Life Extension Super Ubiquinol CoQ 10 with enhanced mitochondrial support) 50 mg
NOTE: Has sunflower oil.
- NOW Foods (brand) Ubiquinol
- Kirkman Labs Coenzyme Q10 Hypoallergenic 25 mg
Tryptophan (common allergen: gluten)
Melatonin-Timed/Extended Release (common allergens: gluten and corn)
- Genesa Total Amino Solution can also be ordered from www.truehope.com
- Kirkman Labs Amino Support – Hypoallergenic
- Our Kids (ASD) will create a hypoallergenic custom amino blend.
- See also MRM L-Glutamine 500 under prebiotics.
Fish oil (Common allergen: Soy)
Unfortunately, Lovaza—the prescription one which insurance will pay for— contains “4 mg α-tocopherol (in a carrier of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils including soybean oil)”
See Fish Oils: $$$ and Favorite Brands for more options to look into.
- Omega Brite
- Carlson Fish Oil (liquid, lemon flavor - must be kept in refrigerator after opening)
- Coromega Yummy for young children--No gluten, dairy or soy, but DOES contain a tiny bit of egg yolk. The vitamin E in this formulation is derived from soy, but the claim is that it is highly purified and contains NO SOY.
- Nordic Naturals Omega-3 - The vitamin E in this formulation is derived from soy, but no soy is listed in the ingredients, and the claim is that therefore there is no soy particles in the contents. Whether to buy this depends on how careful you are and what the doctor says.
- Don't forget KRILL Oil!
Prebiotics (Common allergen: dairy)
- Vital Nutrients Arabinogalactan Powder
- Pure Encapsulations Arabinogalactan (capsules)
- Klaire Labs Saccharomyces Boulardi (capsules) This is technically a "probiotic" but interestingly is a yeast that helps the intestines -- crowding out bad bacteria, helping the good bacteria, and thus is also used to help with the "bad yeast" - Candida albicans. Here is a an explanation on WebMD.
- MRM L-Glutamine 500 Powder (Not technically a prebiotic but the doctor had one of us on this specific supplement because, we were told, "Glutamine supports immune and intestinal health, and is essential for protein synthesis")
- Nutrition Now PB8 (Enteric Coated, Acidophilus,14 Billion).
(See also: Prebiotics)
- Klaire Labs Probiotics: Ther-Biotic Complete Powder (12 species, 100+ Billion CFUs. Powder is put in a small amount of water and drunk immediately) Note: They also have a lesser, chewable children's probiotic and a probiotic safe for infants.
- Metagenics Ultra Flora IB
- Solaray Multidophilus™
- Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls™ (Has a proprietary covering for release in the intestines, purportedly to protect the cultures from stomach acids)
- Natrol Probiotic Acidophilus Biobeads™ (Has a proprietary covering for release in the intestines, purportedly to protect the cultures from stomach acids)
- Kirkman Labs Lactobacillus Duo™ - Hypoallergenic
- Kirkman Labs Multi-Flora Spectrum™ - Hypoallergenic
- Kirkman Labs Pro-Bio Gold™
- Our Kids (ASD) Custom Probiotics CP-1
- Source Naturals Boswellia Extract
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Last Updated: 30 May 2012