Going Gluten-FreeFebruary 19, 2014

Top 6 Supplements for Your Gluten-Free Diet

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Posted by Living Without editor Alicia Woodward

We should all be getting complete and proper nutrition from our diet - but that doesn’t always happen. Here are some nutritional deficiencies often seen in those on a gluten-free diet and the supplements that can fill in the gaps.

1. Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement Gluten-free foods are often lacking in key nutrients because wheat is taken out of the diet and many processed gluten-free foods are not fortified with vitamins and minerals. A daily multivitamin/mineral supplement helps provide recommended levels of essential nutrients.

2. Calcium Calcium citrate is better absorbed than calcium carbonate, plus it doesn’t cause as much gas or bloating. Calcium supplements should also contain Vitamin D and magnesium to help with absorption. Some people might need Vitamin K, too.

3. Vitamin D Many people are deficient in this key nutrient. A healthcare practitioner can check your blood level of vitamin D and suggest the dosage that’s right for you.

4. B Complex B vitamins are important for overall metabolism, red blood cell production and tissue repair. When the intestine is damaged, as with those newly diagnosed with celiac disease, the body cannot absorb nutrients properly, especially Vitamin B12, which can contribute to flagging energy and fatigue.

5. Zinc. Many people newly diagnosed with celiac disease have low levels of zinc.

6. Magnesium. A magnesium deficiency can lead to symptoms like muscle aching and pain and even impaired sleep.

Work closely with a healthcare provider to determine the supplements that are right for you.

For more nutritional first aid, check out “Nutrient Know-How” in the upcoming AprilMay 2014 issue of Living Without magazine.

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