FeaturesApr/May 2014 Issue

Nutrient Know-How

Nutrient Know-How

Supplements fill in the gaps of your gluten-free diet

Although there are no prescription drugs for celiac disease, people on a gluten-free diet may still need to pop some pills. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be crucial to ensuring good health. After years of undetected gut damage, it can take a long time for the body to heal. Supplements aid healing, providing missing nutrients that havenít been properly absorbed and that arenít present in many processed gluten-free foods. Supplements tend to be far-reaching in their effects and benefits, says Christine Doherty, ND, a naturopathic doctor who specializes in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003, Doherty is the medical director of Balance Point Natural Medicine in Milford, New Hampshire, and the founder of GlutenFreeVitamins.com, where she formulates C-Liac Vitality supplements geared for those on a gluten-free diet.

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