Many parents are looking for the right multi-vitamin for their child. There are drawbacks to using a multi-vitamin. Most do not have high enough dosages to make a difference in a deficient child. Many have the wrong form of vitamin, meaning that it is not bio-available. And, some children do not seem to tolerate multi-vitamins well. Some children, in particular, have trouble tolerating B-vitamins. While many choose to dose their child’s supplements separately, I have compiled a list of mulit-vitamins which do not contain folic acid, below.
Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate, and not easily broken down by those with an MTHFR mutation. Doctors are finding that a large percentage of autistic children have an MTHFR genetic mutation. The MTHFR gene is important for utilizing folate and turning it into Glutathione, which is one of the body’s chief antioxidants. Because it is used in many processes in the body, a glutathione deficiency can negatively impact every system in the body. Most importantly, if the body does not make enough, it can not detoxify the many chemicals that we come into contact with every day. Those with an MTHFR mutation cannot utilize the synthetic folic acid found in vitamins or fortified in breads, pastas, cereals etc. In fact, folic acid can be dangerous as it blocks the receptor sites from utilizing the true form of folate. An MTHFR mutation can result in many conditions, such as high cholesterol, stroke, bi-polar disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, MS, asthma, frequent miscarriages and much more. The mutation is most often treated with the active form of folate (methylfolate), B-vitamins, and the avoidance of synthetic folic acid
The vitamins that I have listed below contain the active form of folate (Vitamin B9) also known as 5-HTMF or L-methylfolate.
Klaire Labs Vita Spectrum – Powder; Most popular
Sunwarrior Vitamin Mineral Rush – Plant based, liquid multi-vitamin. This is the one we currently use.
Dr. Fuhrman’s Pixie Vites – Powder. Reviews have said that this tastes bad
AGAPE – Liquid multivitamin. Expensive, but use promo code DRMIKE for 10% off
Smarty Pants – Gummy
Thorne Children’s Basic Nutrients – Capsule
Seeking Health Optimal Multivitamin Chewable – Popular chewable
PURE Encapsulations Junior Nutrients – Capsule
Everything Spectrum Multi – Powder or capsule
Garden of Life Vitamin Code – Chewable
GI Pro Health – ProChild – Powder or capsule
Autism Coach Bioactive Vitamin-Mineral Supplement – Powder or capsule
ANRC Essentials – Capsule or powder form
Brainchild Nutritionals – Liquid vitamins formulated for ASD that **contain folic acid**