A Reader Asks about Celiac Disease and Supplements | The Paleo Diet®
noun_Search_345985 Created with Sketch.
noun_Search_345985 Created with Sketch.

The latest from The Paleo Diet®, just for you.

Hot topics, new recipes, and science

A Reader Asks about Celiac Disease and Supplements

By Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Founder of The Paleo Diet
January 6, 2013
A Reader Asks about Celiac Disease and Supplements image

Hi Loren,

I recently started the paleo diet for a few reasons: health, weight loss, and an answer as to whether or not I have celiac disease.

Question: Is it okay to take vitamins and supplements, especially if they contain gluten, some form of sugar, etc? I realize that my sleeping habits may improve, but right now I am taking easy to dissolve melatonin and ZMA to help me sleep. I have had leg cramps for 51 years and have found that C Q-10 has given me relief.

Thanks for your book and suggestions.

-Emily

Dr. Cordain's Response:

Hi Emily,
Good to hear from you and thanks for your interest in The Paleo Diet. Indeed, this lifetime way of eating will improve your overall health and help to promote weight loss. Elimination of glutien containing grains (wheat, rye, and barley) will cause an end to symptoms you may have experienced relating to celiac disease. Further a dairy free, grain free, legume free and processed food free diet will also improve overall GI tract function, and you may also experience freedom from a variety of health issues that formerly may have afflicted you. Definitely, read all labels in supplements and try to avoid any supplements containing wheat, soy, corn, yeast or any other grain, legume or food additive.

In regards to sleep, melatonin supplements may be helpful at first, but again make sure they are free of wheat, soy and other additives that are non-Paleo. A long term strategy to improve sleep will not require melatonin supplements, as your body will naturally manufacture sufficient melatonin to elicit peaceful, long and uninterrupted sleep. Key dietary factors to promote restful sleep are: 1) eliminate/reduce salt from your diet in all forms 2) eliminate/reduce alcohol from your diet - particularly 3 hrs before you sleep, 3) eliminate milk/dairy/cheese from your diet, and 4) eliminate processed foods (refined grains, refined sugars, refined oils or combinations of these foods from your diet. Finally, hard exercise (aerobic, weight lifting or otherwise) a few hours before you retire will definitely promote peaceful sleep.

Cordially,

Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus

Even More Articles For You

Flaxseed Oil
Can you consume flaxseed oil on The Paleo Diet®? Learn more in this article! The Paleo Diet® offers the latest in paleo diet news & paleo meal plans.
By The Paleo Diet® Team
Community Supported Agriculture for Your Health, Sustainability, and Wallet
It can be a challenge to find good sources for inexpensive locally-grown produce and meat that's Paleo, Community Supported Agriculture may be the solution.
By The Paleo Diet® Team
Big Brains Do Not Need Carbs
It is clear our Paleolithic ancestors didn't need starch to develop the larger brains we currently have, and in fact, too many carbs impair brain processes.
By Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Paleo Leadership
 
Trevor Connor
Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

Mark J Smith
Dr. Mark Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

Nell Stephenson
Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.