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gluten-free Chewable Multivitamins?
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So, my GI specialist has strongly reccommended that I take multivitamins, especially while I am starting to be gluten-free and my insides are still damaged from gluten.

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

http://www.celiac.co...rals-p-736.html

Country Life CHEWABLE ADULT'S MULTI 60 WAFERS

http://www.country-l...?product_id=459

Gluten Free Remedies

http://www.glutenfre...le-multivitamin

Alive!® Adult Multi-Vitamin Gummy

http://www.natureswa...amin-Gummy.aspx

Country Life® Chewable Adult Multi

http://www.gnc.com/p...ductId=11108374

Vitafusion Multivites

http://www.nnpvitami.../multivites.php

Nature Made Adult Gummies

http://www.naturemad...i-adult-gummies

Sundown Naturals Adult Multivitamins

http://www.drugstore...grape/qxp394938

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

http://www.cvs.com/s...rs?skuId=670999

-walgreens brand daily gummy multivitamins

http://www.drugstore...tamin/qxp368946

-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). =)

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I use the Vitafusion Mulitvites and haven't had any issues, they say Gluten free on the label. I usually have big stomach issues with most vitamins and these have really worked for me. Plus the taste is just like a gummy bear! laenie

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Oh, I kept meaning to update this- got "Alive" multivitamins and find them tasty, and just grabbed some Vitafusion multivitamins for when I run out. Am going with adult regular multivitamins because prenatal vitamins actually contain LESS of some of the vitamins I need.

Also, I've been eating store-brand gluten-free chex a lot, and it's infused with vitamins, including iron, which gummy vitamins do not have (biggest flaw of gummy vs. swallowable).

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I'm with you-- I can't tolerate regular vitamin's and being Anemic I need the extra iron as well. I'm going to take your suggestions and see what I can find. I'll let you know that I find out, but thank you for sharing i've been meaning to pick up some vitamins.

I used to take the centrum chewables, they were orange, not sure if the gluten factor as that was pre-diagnosis, but i'll have to take a second look at the back of the bottle. Thanks again.

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Just looked up 1adays for men and they cant promise they are gluten free. I sure hope the vitafusion vitamins are ok.

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I take these for iron as I just found out I'm anemic.

http://www.naturesbounty.com/product/001603%C2'>

(Gentle Iron 28mg by Nature's Bounty)

 

I also found these:

www.proferrin.com

 

I have had major issues with iron supplements in the past (bad tummy ache, nausea, etc.) but I have had zero issues with the two mentioned above. I have also started taking the gummy vitamins (VitaFushion). For whatever reason, I didn't think to start vitamin supplements after going gluten-free in early 2009. Oops... :(

 

Anyway, I'm extremely sensitive to gluten and I've found those two iron supplements to work well for me, without any gluten-like reactions or side effects normally associated with iron.

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I have to use gummie vitamins as well - the others make me sick.

 

I use Trader Joe's and Costco Kirkland Brand Gummies. Both are gluten free and I've never had a problem with them.

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