“B” Good to Celiacs

by | G+ Amy Leger

Whether you are on a gluten-free diet or not, many of us are lacking in good nutrition – including vitamin B. But people with celiac disease are more likely to be vitamin deficient. Now new research says there is even more cause for celiacs to take a “B” supplement.

Recently, Better Health Research reported on Dutch scientists who analyzed this very issue for celiac patients. They looked at the effect of “vitamin B6, folate and vitamin B12 daily supplements on homocysteine levels” in a group of celiacs and compared them with healthy adults.

Deficiencies in B6, B12 and folate can lead to elevated homocysteine levels. According to the American Heart Association, too much homocysteine in the blood “…is related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease [disease of the blood vessels].”

In this recent Dutch study, researchers “…found that vitamin B6 and folate supplements lowered the plasma [blood] levels of homocysteine in people with [celiac], but not with people in the healthy control group,” the article reported.

Researchers said based on this, they believe people with celiac should consider adding nutritional supplements including vitamin B ; hopefully helping celiacs from succumbing to this health problem (officially called hyperhomocysteinemia) as it relates to the vitamin deficiency.

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