Country Life Vitamins Promotes Improved Health for Celiacs

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Country Life Vitamins, in conjunction with the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG), is working to improve the health of people with celiac disease and to bring about awareness of gluten intolerances. May, is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, but people's health is important all year long, and so Country Life Vitamins and GIG are committed to spreading awareness throughout the year to consumers, health professionals and retailers.

Country Life Vitamins, in conjunction with the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG), is working to improve the health of people with celiac disease and to bring about awareness of gluten intolerances. May, is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month, but people's health is important all year long, and so Country Life Vitamins and GIG are committed to spreading awareness throughout the year to consumers, health professionals and retailers.

Undiagnosed celiac disease inhibits the body's ability to absorb and digest nutrients properly, leading to vitamin deficiencies. The only treatment for people with celiac disease is the adoption of a strict, gluten free diet. However, that may not be enough to return a person to total health. When foods with gluten (which is found in wheat, rye, and barley) are removed from the diet, so are a number of important nutrients. The nutrients often lacking in a gluten free diet include B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, and fiber. Other nutrients that can be missing from a gluten free diet might include vitamin D, magnesium, and folate (a B- vitamin). Without changes to the gluten free diet or the use of nutritional supplements, these deficiencies can last a lifetime.

One out of 133 people in the United States has the genetic predisposition for celiac disease. For every person diagnosed, 90 go undiagnosed for years. Besides celiac disease, there are other forms of non-celiac gluten intolerances. It is estimated that more than five percent of people follow a gluten free diet, including people with autism spectrum disorders, chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndromes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is still unclear how effective the diet is in treating non-celiac gluten intolerances. People who want to try a gluten free diet should first be tested for celiac disease. Regardless of the reasons, over 15 million people follow a gluten free diet and are at risk for nutritional deficiencies.

Country Life Vitamins is proud to be working with the Gluten Free Certification Organization and the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America. We have jointly created an educational brochure on the benefits of nutritional supplements to help people with gluten intolerances live healthy lives. This brochure will soon be available from your local Country Life retailer, Country Life Vitamins (http://www.countrylifevitamins.com/promos/GFCO/glutenFreeTrifold.pdf), and the Gluten Free Certification Organization ( http://www.gluten.net/downloads/Countrylife%20Trifold%20(2).pdf ) website.

Country Life Vitamins is a proud to have its full line of products certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Organization, a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America. Through this program, Country Life Vitamins agrees to perform product testing in the manufacturing facility, to submit to site inspections, and to encourage random product testing at the consumer point of sale. This assures consumers that Country Life Vitamins goes above and beyond what is expected to earn a gluten free title for our products. For more information about Country Life Vitamins, visit http://www.countrylifevitamins.com. To learn more about the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, visit http://www.gluten.net and for information on the Gluten Free Certification Organization, visit http://www.GFCO.org.

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