Vitamins and Salicylates

These are in alphabetical order πŸ™‚ Click for more info on Salicylates and the Guaifenesin Protocol

Dr St Amand talks about Vitamins in his book on pages 313- 314. He dosn’t seem to promote the use of vitamins and cautions about them.

Anything with Flavor in it, you will need to call the company and ask to speak to a manager or someone who knows about the ingredient breakdown in the word ‘flavor’. You can’t have Mint/Menthol in it, and they often use that to enhance flavors.

Please take a look at the Salicylate Quick Check for more info on finding sals in products.

Enzymes to aid your digestion are ok, just watch your ingredients, enzymes are ok because they are chemicals extracted from plants. These are ok: Papain, Bromelain, protease, amylase, lipase, lactase, phytase, cellulase, sucrase, and maltase, did I miss any? πŸ™‚

Multivitamins! You can’t have any herbal or plant based stuff in mg amounts, that amount of Salicylate will block your Guaifenesin from working, but the vitamins like B are ok. Sublingual vitamins often have mint/menthol in there, don’t risk those. Make sure to check the Vitamin C in vitamins as it’s usually bioflavanoids (rosehips, Quercetin, Rutin, Hesperiden) and you can’t have those either. Check out this sal safe one as an option: Thorne Multivitamin

Melatonin is ok, just make sure you don’t use the sub lingual ones with the mint or menth in them. NO MINT please!

Omega Oils: you can only use fish oils for your omega needs, the seed oils, and plant oils will block your Guaifenesin

Probiotics are fine, just be sure that is all that is in there! (Click for post on Probiotics and antibiotics.

Sublingual: In vitamins, the safest option is to NOT use sublingual ones. Think of this like gum or toothpaste, there are very few safe options.
The point of sublingual vitamins is that they sit under your tongue and get absorbed into the blood stream. they will usually put flavor in there, and flavor enhancers (usually mint/menthal.) And the flavors like berries or something, often have a berry oil in there that will block you. If you MUST have sublingual meds, you MUST call the manufacture and get a complete list of ingredients, even the flavor ingredients.

Vitamin C, you can’t have rosehips or Bioflavinoids (Quercetin, Rutin, Hesperiden). You will need to find a basic Calcium Ascorbate for your Vit C.

Check out this Pinterest board with many sal-safe options:

Click this link to see the list of:Β  FAQ about Salicylates etc πŸ™‚

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16 Responses to Vitamins and Salicylates

  1. Shannon says:

    Hi Christine,
    I am looking for a salicylate free multivitamin. You have one listed from Thorne but the link does not go anywhere. Could you please let me know which product you are referring to from Thorne and the names of any others that you know of. Thanks.

  2. Shannon says:

    Thank you Christine.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I am taking a new-to-me multivitamin because Thorne recently added Lutein, a salicylate. I experience multiple food intolerances. I now take 1/5 of a PURE VITAMIN CLUB DAILY MULTICAP, and add 200 mcg. methyl-folate. I also take 1 tsp. of a liquid mineral, 200 mg. Ascorbic Acid, & a small amount of a basic digestive enzymes for low stomach acid, and add approx. 12 mg. of L-Histidine due to my amine and histamine intolerance before lunch and before supper/dinner. I then take extra 200 mg. of magnesium citrate and eat food sources of zinc, magnesium, copper and selenium. I have a functional medicine practitioner who orders me a urine test of my vitamin and mineral levels.
    I have recently started having more headaches and stiffness in my neck, but my stress has increased with my husband’s recent cancer diagnosis. I am ordering the GUAIFENESIN 300MG NF CAPSULES(100) more because I also have a lot of congestion when I try eating salicylate foods.
    I do not know how to use the list at Is ascorbyl palmitate a high salicylate or is it listed because it is allowed on this protocol?

    • Christine says:

      Hi Kathleen! So sorry about going through cancer in your husband. That is such a huge deal and adds alot of stress which could be causing symptoms to pop up. I would suggest not using a vitamin with a salicylate in it for sure! Blocking guaifenesin will stall any progress you could be making with reversing your fibro symptoms. BUT! If you need to go off guai for a bit to help you and your hubby get through cancer, then you need to do what you need to do. We’ll still be here to help you when you want to get back on it again <3 big hugs!

  4. Kathleen says:

    I forgot to ask what inactive ingredients are in the GUAIFENESIN 300MG NF CAPSULES(100). The site does not list them, only that which is not in it.

    • Christine says:

      If you call the fibropharmacy where you bought the guai, Jim the pharmacist will be able to tell you what the ingredients are in there. They only list the Active ingredients, which is only guaifenesin. Because all the other ingredients are so tiny in amount, they don’t usually list them.

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