The 9 Most Common Supplements for Celiacs
Celiac disease is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that can occur in individuals of any age who possess a genetic predisposition to the disorder. Individuals with celiac disease will experience an immune reaction causing damage to the intestinal villi when they ingest wheat, rye, barley or other gluten-containing grains. Damage to the villi can lead to impaired nutrient absorption, nutrient deficiencies, and several other related consequences.
The one and only treatment available to celiac individuals right now is an extremely strict – no ifs-ands-or-buts – life long gluten free diet. Though a gluten free diet is the only way to eliminate symptoms of celiac disease and hopefully, reverse its progression, nutrient supplementation plays an important role in helping celiacs obtain + maintain optimal health.
There are many ways to go about finding what supplements are right for you:
- You can consult your primary care physician.
- Many celiacs find nutritionists that specialize in the disease itself.
- You can always go the trial and error method.
There is no right or wrong way; each of us has a unique body, our own time constraints, and individual budgets. The important thing here is finding which supplements work best for you and help you live your BEST LIFE!
Keep in mind though, our bodies are always changing and therefore the supplements that worked for you 5 years ago may need to be adjusted now.
I created this list of the TOP 9 MOST COMMON supplements for celiacs. These are supplements that have been recommended to me time and time again from doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, and of course, through my handy-dandy online research 🙂
- Vitamin D. Used to keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy, vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. Research isn’t clear whether the best time of day to take vitamin D is in the AM or the PM, but research does show that more of it gets absorbed if taken with a meal higher in fat.
I personally like to take my vitamin D at night with Mary Ruth’s Liquid Sleep Multimineral.
- B Vitamins. Did you know B vitamins are water-soluble? Meaning your body doesn’t store them and they must be supplied to your body daily. They have a direct impact on your brain function, cell metabolism, and energy levels! Enough said, take these bad boys daily to live your best life 🙂
I take this sublingual liquid every morning before my coffee.
- Iron. OMG! Who knew how damn important iron was to our survival? This year I started experiencing WEEKS-long headaches, then I started losing energy, then I lost my appetite, then I lost weight, and through all of this, became extremely irritable. Got my blood drawn and turns out I have iron-deficiency anemia. And now, I am on an iron supplement.
This long story short emphasizes how important it is for celiacs to continuously be on top of their health. Our bodies are constantly changing and what we need changes along with them. I had my blood drawn in November 2019 and my iron levels were solid. 8 months later, they were shockingly low. I don’t share this to cause any sort of panic, I share it as a friendly reminder to listen to your body and take care of it like it’s your job.
This is the iron supplement I started taking every morning when I wake up (taken with vitamin C).
- Zinc. It is a nutrient found throughout your body that helps your immune system and metabolism function. Sounds simple but this small, mighty nutrient helps stimulate the activity of at least 100 different enzymes – pretty powerful stuff! Plus, only a small amount is necessary to reap the benefits. I personally like to take my zinc at night with Mary Ruth’s Liquid Sleep Multimineral.
- Magnesium. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body. Magnesium helps with energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, and nervous system regulation. It’s health benefits seem endless.
I first found magnesium when I was suffering from a horrendous migraine in Canada. We were on vacation and I couldn’t even get out of bed. I found a naturopath + massage therapist who agreed to see me last minute; this woman changed my life! She used castor oil and a liquid form of magnesium to rub into my neck + shoulders among other essential oils…long story short, 1.5 hours later, I was walking out of her office without Ben’s help and later that night I even went to Ben’s hockey game!
I personally like to take my magnesium at night with Mary Ruth’s Liquid Sleep Multimineral – yes, this nighttime mineral has everything! I also use this spray form of magnesium to help with shoulder pain + headaches.
- Vitamin C. It’s necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. Plus, its involved in many body functions including the immune system AND it helps your body absorb iron. Though found in tons of food (oranges, bell pepper, broccoli, + spinach to name a few), you can also take vitamin C supplements.
I take my vitamin C every morning right when I wake up with my iron.
- Folate. It plays a vital role in red blood cell formation and is important for healthy cell growth + function. Found in dark leafy greens, beans, nuts, bananas, and strawberries but can also be taken as a supplement. Celiac disease can damage the part of the small intestine where iron, folate, and vitamin B12 are absorbed and thus, these nutrients often become supplements of individuals with the autoimmune disorder. I take this sublingual liquid every morning before my coffee – it’s a B complex drop with folate.
- L-carnitine. It’s involved in muscle energy production and L-carnitine therapy is used in celiac patients to treat ongoing fatigue. Some researchers speculate that low levels of L-carnitine may be a reason why some celiacs experience muscular symptoms. This is not a subject I am entirely educated on – I encourage you to do more research if it is of interest to you.
- Calcium. It’s essential for building and maintaining healthy bones. Moreover, Osteoporosis is a known complication of celiac disease – due to the malabsorption of not only calcium but also of vitamin D. I personally like to take my calcium at night with Mary Ruth’s Liquid Sleep Multimineral.
Please note, I am neither a doctor nor do I have any medical degree. If you want serious medical advice on which supplements you should take + on dosage, please consult your physician.
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