What makes this tricky is that I don't tolerate multivitmains very well; Centrum complete (pill form) is the only multivitamin I've fully established doesn't make me really sick (they upset my stomach but not too bad if it's not the women's formula), and I *have* established that another brand (I believe Nature Made multivitamin pills) actually makes me throw up, even if I take them not on an emtpy stomach. Pretty sure nature made is gluten-free; I think it's just an issue with multivitamin pills themselves (it's not actually that uncommon). Problem is Centrum can't promise they are gluten-free, and I don't want to gamble, especially early on.
The solution that I'm aiming for is gummy multvitamins. (There's liquid multivitamins, too, but that would be more of a last resort, since frankly they look and sound kinda icky.) Did a little bit of research inc. on these forums, here's what I found thus far that seem about as sure as possible to be currently gluten-free (in case this helps anyone else):
Pioneer Nutritional Chewable Gluten-Free Vitamins & Minerals
Country Life CHEWABLE ADULT'S MULTI 60 WAFERS
Gluten Free Remedies
Alive!® Adult Multi-Vitamin Gummy
Country Life® Chewable Adult Multi
Nature Made Adult Gummies
Sundown Naturals Adult Multivitamins
So here are my questions:
-Any additional multivitamin suggestions? Any preferences, and rationale for those preferences?
-Does anyone know if the following vitamins are actually gluten-free (they may say "don't contain gluten" but don't promise they're actually gluten-free, which I gather I am to be skeptical of- or am I being paranoid?):
-CVS brand gummy multivitamins
-walgreens brand daily gummy multivitamins
-rite aid brand adult gummy multivitamins (I can't even find these on the internet on a cursory search!)
-Any thoughts/opinions/personal experiences on taking prenatal vitamins for a little while? I'm not/shall never be pregnant, but I have heard of other women taking prenatal vitamins just to get the extra vitamins. My thought is it may make sense to use them for a little while while I am just starting out gluten-free (maybe the first month or two), since my GI doc is pretty sure I'm not going to be properly absorbing nutrients from food for months (hence the vitamin-pushing).
-Any suggestions re: getting more iron? I eat very little meat (not vegetarian, just picky and lazy), so even if everything was healed up I'd still probably be a little bit anemic, though I do actively seek other sources of iron in my diet. Looks like liquid vitamins have iron but gummy do not. Have heard iron supplements are not gentle on your system. The solution to that particular problem may, of course, just be to suck it up and start eating meat more often, if I start suspecting I'm becoing badly anemic (or if tests down the road confirm that this is the case- last test I was only borderline anemic/not super badly iron deficient, which neither my doctor nor myself was super worried about). =)
Edited by Em314, 08 December 2012 - 08:25 AM.