Nutrition and Vitamins
It is possible that your doctor has already recommended you start taking a multivitamin. If he or she has, and you are following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), we recommend checking to make sure the ingredients in the vitamins are consistent with the allowed ingredients on the SCD. Many vitamin supplements add sugar, yeast, starches, and other “illegal” ingredients as fillers.
There are currently a number of manufacturers with products that are safe for individuals following the SCD. Freeda Vitamins, Kirkland Labs, and GI Pro Health are a few brands that have been making supplements specifically for the IBD community for a number of years. We also recommend the probiotics capsules shown below. We attempt to verify that the products we recommend do not conflict with the requirements of the SCD.
While we recommend trying probiotics and Omega-3 supplements as part of a complete nutrition regimen to address IBD, not everyone will respond to them. Studies into the effectiveness of these products in IBD populations have been mixed. Some researchers have found significant benefits to probiotic and Omega-3 supplementation, while others have suggested that more data is needed before conclusions can be drawn. We recommend these supplements because they are considered safe and have other established health benefits, in addition to their purported benefits for IBD.
Please Note: Our recommendations are based solely on our independent assessment of the quality of the products. Please let us know if you come across additional SCD compliant supplements and we will gladly review them for possible inclusion on this website. Our Medical Advisors do not make recommendations regarding specific brands of nutritional supplements.
For a list of places to purchase these supplements, please see our links below.
Freeda SCD Multivitamin
Very often people with digestive challenges find that their bodies need help restoring and maintaining many vitamins and minerals which may have become depleted. Freeda Vitamins has worked together with Elaine Gottschall, author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle and The Gut Reaction, and the one who created the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), to formulate products which would be safe and effective for these individuals and which meet the requirements of the SCD.
GI Pro Health SCD Complete
Contains high-potency amounts of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants, and natural carotenoids and is recommended as a daily supplement to provide a comprehensive foundation of essential
micronutrients. This product supplies 30 important nutrients in well-absorbed forms and amounts that meet or exceed recommended dietary intake levels, thus supporting many biological processes crucial to maintaining optimal health.
Freeda SCD B Complex with C & Zinc
An extra shot of the ever-important B-vitamins. Also contains an extra boost of Vitamin C. Contains 400 mcg Folic Acid, which is important for ulcerative colitis patients. This B-Complex with Vitamin C and Zinc formula replaces these important nutrients which are often depleted from the body during periods of stress.
Freeda SCD Calcium Complete
Freeda’s SCD Calcium Complete combines the nutritional factors commonly recognized to help the body get the most benefit from a calcium supplement.
LYO-SAN Acidophilus & Yogurt Capsules
Protective blend of finest yogurt and rich Acidophilus in each enteric-coated capsule. A good source of friendly lactic bacteria. Each capsule contains 3 billion friendly living cells of Yogurt/Acidophilus. Claims to help normalize and protect the digestive system. A probiotics product. This product is SCD compliant.
GI Pro Health Scdophilus 3+
Scdophilus is an innovative probiotic designed to be used in conjunction with, and in support of, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Scdophilus utilizes a well documented Lactobacillus acidophilus strain that is known to support intestinal health.
Kirkman Lactobacillus Acidophilus – Hypoallergenic
Lactobacillus Acidophilus (L. acidophilus) features only that one probiotic strain and is free of disaccharides. This species is recognized as one of the primary friendly lactic acid bacteria residing in a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Research over the past decade has shown that L. acidophilus provides a number of important health benefits. Considered legal on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
GI Pro Health Saccharomyces Boulardii
Saccharomyces Boulardii is a unique, non –pathogenic yeast that has many beneficial actions in the intestinal tract. Sboulardii has been utilized worldwide as a probiotic supplement to support gatstrointestinal health. It benefits the gastrointestinal tract by increasing intestinal populations of healthy bifidobacteria while decreasing numbers of disease-causing organisms. This product is SCD compliant.
Kirkman Max EPA Omega-3 Fish Oil
An excellent hypoallergenic alternative for fish oil supplementation. Does not contain vitamin E component that can be an issue for some individuals (often derived from soy). Capsules are unflavored. This fish oil product is one of the purest and freshest concentrates available. Does not contain gluten, yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, soy, egg, corn, grapefruit, shellfish, sweetener, sugar, starch, preservatives, artificial color, artificial flavor, sodium.
The sites below sell vitamins specifically formulated for patients following the SCD.