Ingredient Sources

Here at BrainChild, we make liquids, because of their superior absorption.  Good liquid supplements are challenging to make.  To start with, they need to taste good, which requires the use of sweeteners and flavorings.  Liquids require preservatives to keep them from spoiling, and suspension agents to make the nutrients stay suspended in the mixture.   

Finding the right ingredients to use, particularly supplements for autism, can be difficult.  That is why at BrainChild Nutritionals every single ingredient has have been carefully selected with sensitive bodies in mind.

This is a big reason why BrainChild liquid formulas are the best choice to support the nutritional systems of sensitive individuals with Autism, ADD, ADHD and environmental disorders and sensitivities.  Our ingredients are all carefully selected not to cause the kinds of irritation often experienced with other nutritional products. 

The BrainChild Difference Starts at the Source

  • •    All ingredients are pharmaceutical quality.
  • •    Quality comes first - we do not compromise on the purity of our raw materials.
  • •    Our herbs are organic or wildcrafted.  Most herbs are grown in the USA.
  • •    Our Vitamins and Minerals are completely vegetarian*.
  • •    We avoid purchasing from China. 
  • •     When we must buy from China, we perform extra testing.
  • •    Hypoallergenic forms of all nutrients are used.
  • •    We independently test many ingredients for casein and gluten.
  • •    The brand of xanthan gum we use is only one we know of that is completely gluten-free.
  • •    Gluten-free vodka is our only alcohol source.
  • •     All alcohol is removed from our herbal tinctures.
  • •    No toxic petroleum-based benzoate preservatives are used in our lab.


* We only make one product that is not vegetarian.  Our Intestimend formula contains ingredients of bovine (cow) and shellfish origin.

 Our Ingredient Sources


Kosher vegetable glycerine -- Low glycemic index, does not feed yeast.

Agave Nectar -- Another low glycemic sweetener, made from agave cactus. 

Stevia -- The safest herbal sweetener, very low glycemic, made from the steviana rubiana plant.


Lemon and lime extracts, made from lemons and limes, and nothing else!

Vanilla Flavoring, made from vanilla beans.

No mixed "natural flavors" on our labels.  No hidden ingredients in our flavorings.


Potassium Sorbate -- The safest food preservative.

Citric Acid -- Used to adjust pH, so that Potassium Sorbate is more effective.


Xanthan gum -- Safe natural suspension agent.  Our source has been third party tested free of gluten.  


HDPE -- High density polyethylene, BPA-free, the safest  type of plastic.  Opaque bottles help with superior potency, as some ingredients are light-sensitive.

Glass -- Safe and secure.  Our herbs are placed in amber glass bottles, so that potency and effectiveness are protected.

Ingredients We Do Not Use
(but you may see these in other companies’ products):

  • •      Propylene glycol (a natural gas derivative, also used in antifreeze)
  • •      Polysorbate 80 (an emulsifier and plasticizer, may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogen)
  • •      Sodium Benzoate, a petrochemical preservative, toxic in combination with vitamin D
  • •      PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil (hydrogenated oils have negative health effects)
  • •      Xylitol – highly processed sugar alcohol, hard on digestion
  • •      Synthetic vitamin A  (Retinyl Palmitate) – Overdose risk, less healthy than carotenoids
  • •      Synthetic vitamin E – Dangerous to health
  • •      Vitamin D2 Ergocalciferol form of vitamin D – Does not absorb well
  • •      Calcium Carbonate – cheap oyster shell calcium, often high lead content, does not absorb well
  • •      Oxide mineral forms – contribute to oxidation in the body (unhealthy), do not absorb well as mineral sources.
  • •      “Natural flavors” – can hide a host of unhealthy ingredients and possible allergens.  At the very least, you don’t know what natural sources they came from.
  • •      Fractionated herbs – Compounds that break off part of the function of an herb, without preserving the whole natural form.  Unknown effects, makes herbs more like experimental pharmaceuticals.