Since celiac disease often goes untreated for a long period of time, those affected remain unaware of the fact that they must follow a gluten-free diet. Owing to this, the lining of the small intestine’s lining is damaged and it leads to malnourishment.
Some common symptoms of celiac disease are skin rashes, anemia, stunted growth in children, pain in the bones and joints, depression, dental defects, fatigue, hypoglycemia, muscle cramps and mouth ulcers.
Studies show that most celiac patients have a problem with insufficient vitamins and other nutrients for their bodies to work with, especially Vitamin D, calcium, iron, fiber, thiamin, niacin, folate, riboflavin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.
Most celiac patients ask whether it is absolutely essential that they take vitamin supplements. The answer is ‘yes’. Because of the improper functioning of the intestines, other body parts that need all the goodness from vitamins and other nutrients are being deprived of them. So even when a celiac patient is eating all the right kinds of foods, his body is not being benefited by the natural process. Thus, in order to avoid malnutrition and make sure that all body parts like the brain, heart, lungs and others are able to function as best as possible, vitamins must be made available to them.
Some recommended supplements for celiac patients are calcium citrate (for women) – 500 - 700 mg, spread over two doses along with main meals, B12 -50 mcg, Biotin (B7) 0 50mcg, Riboflavin (B2) – 50 mg, Thiamin (B1) – 50mg, Niacin (B3) – 50 mg, Folate (folic acid or B9) – 400 mcg, Vitamin D (D3) – 2000 IU and multi vitamin.
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