How to Replace Lost Nutrients Caused by Untreated Celiac Disease
At the very least, most celiacs will benefit from a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement that includes calcium, 1,000 milligrams, along with 400 milligrams of magnesium (note that too much magnesium can cause diarrhea). Lack of vitamin B6 is partly to blame for symptoms of celiac disease, Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P) is often a good choice, as it requires no conversion to make vitamin B6, and can be easier on the stomach.
vitamins can also speed healing. Because the absorption of fats is particularly poor in celiacs, many celiac patients commonly suffer deficiencies of vitamins A, C, D, E, and benefit from taking these in supplemental form, along with a chelated form of zinc supplement. As with any supplement, read the directions and keep your doctor fully informed about what you are taking and how much.
A typical dose, for example, is 1,000 to 2,000 international units (IU) of vitamin A in the form of fish oil (too much can have toxic effects so discuss this with your doctor), 100 to 200 IU of vitamin D also in fish oil, 500 to 1000 milligrams of vitamin C, 100 to 400 IU of vitamin E, and 15 to 30 milligrams of chelated zinc.
Check with your doctor before taking more than 20 milligrams of zinc. Beta-carotene, 10,000 I.U. daily, can also be helpful, as can Iron, 60 mg. daily, if a blood test indicates iron deficiency.
In addition to a good multivitamin/mineral for support, and other vitamins, digestive enzymes, which digest gluten, may also be helpful. To improve nutrient absorption and assimilation, these should be supplemented.
Celiac patients also often suffer a deficiency of vitamin K., which can be supplemented through green foods, especially alfalfa. Green food supplements contain many essential nutrients, including trace minerals. Evening primrose oil is a good source of the omega-6 essential fatty acids that celiac patients often lack.
Silica soothes inflammations in the gastrointestinal tract. It is available in both capsules and gel form.
Medicinal clay is excellent in promoting healing of the walls of the colon and protecting it from irritation by toxins and dry, abrasive matter.
Daily Dosages of Supplements for Celiacs:
- Green food supplements, 1 tbsp.
- Evening primrose oil, two 500 mg capsules three times daily
- Multivitamin supplement, as directed on the label
- Medicinal clay, dissolve 1 tsp. of clay in ½cup of water at room temperature and drink twice daily.
- Papain, 500 mg three times daily
- Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate, 50 mg daily
- Silica, 3-6 capsules; in the gel form, follow the directions on the label
- Vitamin B complex, 50 mg twice daily
- Vitamin B12, 100 mcg
- Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 5,000 mg one to three times daily
Herbal Remedies in the Treatment of Celiac Disease
Herbal remedies can help soothe intestinal irritation and inflammation and heal damaged mucous membranes.
- Roberts Formula
- Take 4 drops of agrimony tincture in water, three times daily.
- Sufficient silica in the intestines will reduce inflammation, and strengthen and rebuild connective tissue. Take 3 cups of silica-rich horsetail tea or 15 drops of tincture in liquid three times daily.
- A combination of burdock, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and Turkish rhubarb tea helps different types of inflammations in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Use dandelion, saffron and yellow dock herbal teas to that purify and nourish the blood.
- Pickled ginger can be eaten for anti-inflammation properties.