While it’s most important to follow the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet, certain special supplements can support the majority of GAPS patients.* The recommended GAPS supplements include:
1. An effective therapeutic strength probiotic.
GutPro: This is a therapeutic-grade probiotic formulated for the most sensitive GAPS patients, with the highest quality beneficial bacteria and absolutely no allergens. It’s dairy free, soy free and contains no inulin or maltodextrin.
2. Essential fatty acids.
Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil (EVCLO): This cod liver oil is raw, from wild caught Nordic cod and bottled fresh in Norway. Since it’s unadulterated and unprocessed, it retains the full spectrum of essential fatty acids, including omega 3 (DHA/EPA), 4, 6, 7, 9 and 11.
Note: While the GAPS book recommends fermented cod liver oil made from Alaskan cod, Dr. Campbell-McBride now also recommends Rosita wild and raw Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil, which was launched after the book’s publication.
3. Vitamins A and D in the form of cod liver oil.
Rosita Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil (EVCLO) (again!): EVCLO is rich in naturally occurring vitamins A and D. This is unlike the commercially available brands that use molecular distillation (extreme heat), which destroys all of the naturally occurring vitamin D, significantly reduces the naturally occurring vitamin A and therefore, is fortified with synthetic vitamins A and D (you won’t find this information on the label).
4. Digestive enzymes betaine hydrochloric acid (HCL) and pepsin.
GutZyme Restore: This digestive enzyme supplement has a lower dose of HCL, which allows you to adjust your dose based on your unique needs. In addition, it contains three different types of lipase, which help break down healthy fats in the diet.
It’s important to read the relevant chapters in the GAPS book on these supplements. If you’d like to learn more about “Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia,” or purchase it for yourself, click here.
More on digestive enzymes and stomach acidity
In some cases, particularly in adults, digestive enzymes are recommended, as noted above. Children usually do very well without them. The most important intervention is supplementation of the stomach acid, as GAPS patients usually have low stomach acidity. The entire digestive process begins with the action of the stomach acid. The use of sauerkraut in the Introduction Diet helps to restore normal stomach acid production.
For more information, please refer to the Digestive Enzymes chapter in the GAPS book.
What about vitamin and mineral supplements?
In the majority of cases, there’s no need for vitamin and mineral supplements, especially at the beginning of the program. It always comes back to this:
Humans are designed to receive our vitamins and minerals from food — not from pills.
Why? Nutrients work together to absorb and metabolize in the body, so that’s why they have to come in a complex physical form of natural food. The body isn’t designed to use single, particularly synthetic molecules of vitamins and minerals.
Please don’t be tempted to use other supplements. Again, the main treatment of Gut and Psychology Syndrome is the diet.* Supplements may contain many ingredients, sometimes not listed on the label, which can irritate the gut lining. You don’t want to put a lot of effort into your diet and then upset the healing process in the intestines by a pill.
If a health professional strongly recommends that you take a particular supplement, it’s best to complete the Introduction Diet first before starting it. By then, a fair amount of healing will occur in your gut, so it will be in a better position to handle the new supplement.*
For more understanding on using supplements, please read the relevant chapters in the GAPS book.