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Celiac disease is inherited sensitivity to gluten, which isa combination of two proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. The firstsymptoms appear as early as the child stops consuming mother’s milk and includebloating, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea an hour or two after gluteningestion rash, canker sores, mood swings, low energy and failure to grow. As gluten causes damage to the intestinal membranes leadingto poor food absorption, a gluten-free diet is the only way to eliminate thesymptoms of the disease and avoid possible complications.

Supplements

Since the person suffering from celiac disease ends up poorlyabsorbing the food and lacking nutrients, this shortage has to be compensated, and supplementsand dietary changes are the only way to overcome this challenge. Supplements containing gluten digestive enzymes arerecommended for regular use, but they should be accompanied by multivitamins andmineral supplements. People affected by celiac disease are short of vitamin B6, which causes most of the symptoms of the condition so it has to besupplemented with P-5-P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate), the active form of thesaid vitamin. B-complex vitamins should also be included.

Multivitamins will cover the body’s demands for A, D and Evitamins. Another fatty-soluble vitamin, vitamin K, can be obtained fromalfalfa and other dark green leafy vegetables. Evening primrose oil is a good source of omega-6, a fattyacid the body is depleted of in cases of gluten intolerance. Fish and fish oilsupplements can also be used regularly to make up for the fatty acid deficit. Vitamin C supplements and bioflavonoids are advisable forsymptom relief. The essential mineral silica either in capsule or gel form,can sooth the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract if taken regularly. Medicinalclay is recommended for inflammation of the colon and the protection ofirritated colon walls.

Herbs

The following herbal remedies help reduce the irritation andinflammation of the intestine, and repair the damage caused to mucous membranes. Four drops of agrimony tincture in water, taken three times aday make an excellent herbal remedy for celiac disease. Silica mineral, known for its ability to restore theconnective tissues and reduce inflammation is found in horsetail herbal tea (3daily cups are recommended). Fifteen drops of horsetail tincture, mixed in aliquid and taken 3 times a day have the same effect. Purifying and nutritional herbal drink can be made fromsaffron, yellow dock and dandelion.

Herbal remedies forchildren

Regular daily intake of the aloe vera herb can sooth theinflamed gastrointestinal tract in children. The recommended dosage of ediblealoe vera is half a teaspoon taken twice a day. Slippery elm herb, available as herbal tea or in capsule form, is another soothing and healing herb for the digestive tract. With some addedwater the herb can be turned into paste which is then mixed in food. Thesesupplements are to be taken once or twice a day, or according to the need.

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