8 Supplements for Your Food Intolerances

Many food intolerances, whether they are by choice (vegetarianism) or due to health issues (lactose intolerance, for example) can lead to a variety of vitamin deficiencies or other health problems. You can turn to the following supplements to maintain your health and keep you feeling healthier.

1. Calcium

If you suffer from lactose intolerance, get a calcium supplement. Women with lactose intolerance are at risk of developing osteoporosis later in life, and are in desperate need of adequate mineral supplementation to reduce it. If you experience gas or abdominal pain after eating dairy, you may be lactose intolerant, not absorbing calcium, and in need of a supplement.

2. Vitamin D and Iron

Vitamin D is crucial for the absorption of iron, which you could be lacking if you avoid meat and fish for any reason. Vitamin D is obtained through unprotected sun exposure and certain fishes, but iron is heaviest in red meats. If you can’t tolerate, or don’t eat meat, you should consider supplementing with both iron and vitamin D.

3. Omega-3’s

Flaxseed oil supplements will help you get your omega-3 fatty acids, if eating certain foods, like fatty fish is not possible for you. Regular flax seeds will give the same benefits, however, this quick supplement will allow you to get the heart disease fighting benefits in an instant, and is not derived from fish. You may see linoleic acid supplements, which are the same as flax seed supplements, simply the oil derived from the flax seed.

4. Folic Acid and B Vitamins

A separate folic acid supplement is a good idea if you suffer from the extremely common fructose intolerance, or from fructose malabsorption. Getting a range of B vitamins is a smart choice if you are sympomatic. Excessive flatulence, diarrea and bloating can be an indicator of mild fructose intolerance, so you may not even know that your dietary efforts of eating spinach, carrots and other B-complex rich foods could be undermined! Folic acid and B vitamins also help regulate the formation of red blood cells, helping ward off anemia as well.

5. Zinc

Zinc is necessary for proper growth through your youth and early adulthood, and is vital to continued cellular reproduction and digestion for a lifetime. Zinc supplements will support your immune system and intestinal health, especially if food intolerances interfere with those processes in your body.

6. Glutamine Powder

You may think of this supplement as a muscle recovery product for the meat-heads at the gym, but they are on to something: repair. Glutamine can help repair damaged intestines caused by celiac disease. Damaged gut tissues will likely not absorb nutrients properly, and will be benefitted by glutamine.

7. Vitamin K

Vitamin K deficiency is not common, but usually occurs with people who have poor diets or absorption related diseases (celiac disease, Chron’s disease, colitis, etc). Vitamin K is needed for strong bones and blood clotting, so supplementation is important to keep you healthy.

8. Magnesium

If you suffer from glucose intolerance, a magnesium supplement can help reduce symptoms of fatigue and help with all of the body’s metabolic processes, synthesizing proteins and supporting muscular contraction.

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