Supplements for SCD

There are several different ways to use supplements with the SCD diet. The most important principle being to make sure that your supplements do not contain any illegal additives but exceptions are made for medications that are required.

(Disclaimer: Just because a product is listed as "legal" on this list does not imply an endorsement nor a recommendation of the product. Taking supplements is a personal choice.)

Please be aware that children with very fragile guts may not tolerate some supplements (even legal ones) in the early months of the diet. Even one supplement may sabotage the success of the diet. So one strategy would be to avoid supplements during the early days of the diet if you see no improvemnets. Medications may be custom made without illegal additives by compounding pharmacies. Please use common sense. If you feel a supplement is absolutely necessary, then continue to use it but do not blame SCD if you do not get results while using a supplement that contains illegal ingredients. If you do not get the results you had hoped for, please consider pulling all illegal supplements out and starting over.

Be also aware that many children lose the need for many of the supplements as the gut heals.

Some children react to the illegals in supplements and others can tolerate them. The most important thing that you can do for your child's health is to restore the GI system and get rid of the endotoxins produced by the intestinal pathogens. So, it is optimal to make your supplements 100% SCD legal.

Read about the experience of list members with supplements

View Elaine's comments regarding supplements


Pam Ferro, the pioneer for treating autism with SCD, uses GI ProHealth supplements.
View the list of SCD compliant supplements available from GI ProHealth


The traditional SCD protocol for people with digestive disorders only requires the following Freeda vitamins: Quin B Strong with C and Zinc (100 or 250 tablet sized) and Ultra Freeda Iron Free (90 and 180 tablet sizes). The recommended dose is 1 a day. Freeda makes a special version just for SCD, it is available from the following SCD websites:

Digestive Wellness


View the list of SCD compliant enzymes



Spectrum Support Ultra-Sensitive Formula
LiquiMag (flavored and unflavored)
Lipoceutical Glutathione
Cell food
Note about Brainchild Spectrum Support Ultra-Sensitive Formula: This supplement contains a tiny bit of gum; there might be a small percentage of children who do not tolerate it. If you are not happy with your SCD results then try to omit this supplement for a month and carefully observe your child.


Cellulose (also Methyl Cellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose,
Plant Cellulose,
Vegetable Cellulose)
Citric Acid
Magnesium Stearate
Potassium Sorbate
Silica Silicon Dioxide
Sodium Benzoate


Aloe Vera
Croscarmellose Sodium
Food Glaze
Guar Gum
Gums of any kind
Natural Flavors
Rice Bran
Rice Flour
Slippery Elm
Tapioca Flour
Xanthum Gum

Kirkman Supplements Alert

The following Kirkman Vitamins are no longer SCD legal. We called Kirkman and they confirmed that this is true.

TMG 500 mg with Folinic Acid & Methyl B-12 - Hypoallergenic
DMG with Folinic Acid & B-12 - Hypoallergenic
TMG with Folinic Acid & B-12 - Hypoallergenic

Kirkman Multiple Vitamin Pro-Support has removed "no starch" from the label. Someone called to find out why and was told that the chemist says there is a trace amount of starch from the vitamin E.

In-depth checking needs to be done before we safely can say that the other Kirkman supplements are legal. There were several efforts recently to talk to the head of Kirkman but he was unavailable. An employee of the company said that Kirkman specialized in GFCF products.

It is very important for a supplement company to have a good understanding of SCD in order to be able to produce supplements that are compatible with the diet. Elaine helped Freeda to make the supplements that contain the SCD label. All the GI ProHealth supplements are carefully monitored by an expert on SCD.

We hope that an autism organization will provide testing for SCD supplements. Periodic lab testing of supplements is the way to go. Until we get this done, do not blame SCD if you are not getting good results and are using supplements that were not made especially for SCD.

This is an old list. Newer supplements have not been checked yet.

Acidophilus (contains inulin)
Alpha-Keto Glutaric Acid (contains tapioca flour as capsule filler)
Amino Support (contains tapioca flour & sucralose)
Arctic Cod Liver Oil, Orange and Peach Flavors (contains natural orange essence)
B-6 Magnesium Chewable
B-Complex Pro-Support POWDER (contains sucralose)
Bifido Complex (contains inulin)
Buffered Magnesium Glycinate Sweet POWDER (contains sucralose)
Buffered Vitamin C Powder FLAVORED (contains sucralose and natural passion fruit flavor)
Buffered Vitamin C Powder UNFLAVORED (contains sucralose)
Calcium with Vitamin D Powder FLAVORED (contains sorbitol, sucralose, and natural chocolate flavoring)
Calcium/Magnesium Liquid (contains a variety of natural flavors, xanthan gum, and sucralose)
Children's Chewable Multi-vitamin and mineral
Colostrum Gold FLAVORED (contains sucralose and natural raspberry flavoring)
CoQ10 TABLETS (contains sorbitol and natural raspberry flavoring)
Coromega (contains natural flavor and xanthan gum)
Cranberry Extract TABLETS (contains sorbitol, sucralose, and natural raspberry flavoring)
Culturelle (contains inulin)
Detoxification Aid Pro-Support II Flavored POWDER (contains sorbitol, sucralose and natural flavors;)
DHA Junior (contains natural strawberry essence)
DMAE Chewable
DMG LIQUID (contains sorbitol and natural raspberry flavoring)
DMG with Folic Acid & B12 LIQUID (contains sorbitol and natural raspberry flavoring)
EFA Powder (both whole & ground flaxseed are illegal)
Everyday Children's Multi-Vitamin
Folic Acid TABLETS (contains sorbitol)
Folic Acid with Vitamin B12 LIQUID (contains sorbitol and natural raspberry flavoring)
Folinic Acid with B12 LIQUID (contains sorbitol and natural raspberry flavoring)
Grape Extract (contains sorbitol and natural raspberry flavoring)
Iron (Bio-Max Series) (iron can aggravate gut problems)
Melatonin 1 mg & 3 mg Sublingual Chewable (contains sorbitol, mannitol and natural menthol flavor)
Methylcobalamin Concentrated Powder
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) FLAVORED (contains fructose, natural flavorings, and sucralose)
Multi-Flora Spectrum (contains inulin)
Pea Protein Powder
Pro-Bio Defense (contains inulin)
Pro-Bio Gold (contains inulin)
Pro-Culture Gold (contains inulin)
Pro-DHA Omega-3 (contains natural strawberry essence)
Pro-Immune Support (contains inulin)
ScFOS (it feeds bacteria, and not necessarily just the good ones)
Spectrum-Complete Flavored POWDER (contains xylitol, xanthan gum, natural pina colada flavor and sucralose)
Spectrum-Complete Unflavored Hypoallergenic POWDER (contains xylitol and xanthan gum)
Super Nu-Thera LIQUID (contains sorbitol, sucralose, and natural flavors)
Super Nu-Thera POWDER (contains fructose, sucralose, and natural flavors)
Super Nu-Thera with 12.5 mg P5P LIQUID (contains sorbitol, sucralose, and natural flavors)
Super Nu-Thera with 12.5 mg P5P without Vitamins A & D LIQUID (contains sorbitol, sucralose, and natural flavors)
Super Nu-Thera with 25 mg P5P POWDER (contains fructose, sucralose, and natural flavors)
Super Nu-Thera without Vitamins A & D LIQUID (Tropical Fruit & Cherry Flavors) (contains sorbitol, sucralose, and natural flavors)
Super Nu-Thera without Vitamins A & D POWDER (contains fructose, sucralose, and natural flavors)
TMG with Folic Acid & B12 POWDER (contains mannitol, sucralose and natural raspberry flavoring)
TMG with Folinic Acid LIQUID (contains sorbitol and natural raspberry flavoring)
Toothpaste Gel (contains sorbitol and sucralose)
Vitamin C Chewable Tablets (contains sorbitol, sucralose and corn starch)
Yeast Aid POWDER (contains sorbitol, sucralose and natural flavoring)
Zinc LIQUID (contains sorbitol, sucralose and natural flavoring)


Detoxification Aid Pro-Support II
Glucosamine Sulfate
Lipoic Acid
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) UNFLAVORED
N-Acetyl Cysteine
Phenol Assist Companion
Reduced L-Glutathione
Spectrum-Complete Hypoallergenic CAPSULES
Spectrum-Complete Hypoallergenic POWDER


BrainChild products
Echinacea (although there is disagreement about this one)
Juice Plus
Ojibwa (Essiac) Tea
Primal Defense
Ultra Flora


Elaine Gottschall's remarks regarding Milk Thistle:

Is it legal or not? I think the SCD will accomplish everything milk thistle does and will avoid the side effects including diarrhea, etc. But I have no expertise in herbs and some people swear that some herbs have accomplished amazing results. Considering that the report found on Medline came from controlled research under the auspices of NIH and STILL no conclusive answers, how can I give it my stamp of approval? I realize that most people want "black and white" answers from me. In this case, I cannot say it is illegal because it just might hasten up the process of detoxification of the liver. If you have been using it and there has been no diarrhea and you can see results, then use it.


Natural antifungals include garlic, oil of oregano (OoO), Olive leaf extract (OLE), caprylic acid, Grapefruit seed extract (GSE).

The natural antifungals should be rotated.

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