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Are there vitamins created specifically for nutrient deficiencies in celiac patients?

The treatment for celiac disease does not require any special additional supplementation from vitamin/mineral supplements, regardless of any prior deficiencies. We do recommend a daily multivitamin. The only treatment at this time is a gluten-free diet, which will repair the absorptive surface and heal the small intestine, preventing any further deficiencies. The most important detail when choosing a vitamin supplement is to ensure that it is gluten-free. Additionally, assess the vitamin/mineral content, supplements should supplement a gluten-free diet and should not exceed 100% DV for vitamins and minerals. To assist with nutrient deficiencies, choose more whole grains, including pure, uncontaminated oats, buckwheat, quinoa and brown rice. Also, look for products that are fortified or enriched, which indicates that nutrients were added back into them during processing. Check the nutrition facts panel and choose products that include more vitamins/minerals as compared to those that lack any fortification. July, 2012