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Newbie Question About Vitamin Supplementation

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Hi all,

 

New to the forum. Have had the biopsy (showed stomach damage at "3B") and am waiting on blood tests to confirm. In the meantime, have gone gluten-free and am looking for all the answers! :)

 

Question:

 

My doctor implied that after going gluten-free my stomach will heal and once healed, absorb nutrients normally again (simplistically). To this end, is there any reason / indication for long-term use of vitamins or other supplements assuming an otherwise well-balanced diet?

 

As it stands, I feel fantastic and don't seem to have any of the symptoms others seem to refer to on this site. My iron levels at my last physical (about 6 months ago) were perfectly normal (in fact, higher than the last couple of years and on the high side of normal). My only symptom (that alerted me to a potential problem) was uncontrolled acid reflux.

 

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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It is a good idea to get your nutrient levels tested before taking extra vitamins. Many celiacs find that they need mega doses of vitamins for a few months or years until things heal completely. It's not a good idea to take mega doses unless you need it. KWIM?

Some of us are only low in a couple of spots so that is another good reason to check. For instance, I am low inA and almost low in D and Mg, but I am high in B12 and Ca, and normal in the others.

The common low bits and nutrients are: D, B's (12,2,6), iron, ferritin, potassium, magnesium, zinc, A, copper, calcium.

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On the one hand, I am thinking if you are feeling really well, perhaps just keep doing what you are doing.  On the other hand, it is nice to check and be sure.

 

I plan to always take a multi-vitamin and vitamin B Complex and iron, but I will also have someone watch my nutrient levels.  However, I felt terrible and was really depleted in the beginning, so I wouldn't want that to sneak up on me again.  You may find your body still will do some hard recovery work and you may need extra nutrients.  The nutrient absorption test can give you assurance you are well nourished, or can let you know exactly what you need to supplement.

 

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