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Gluten-digesting enzymes: a breakthrough for the gluten sensitive

Gluten-digesting enzymes: a breakthrough for the gluten sensitive
Date: 2015-01-21
Author: Jennifer Joseph
Access: Public

The negative effects of a diet high in gluten are increasingly becoming clear to researchers, practitioners and gluten-sensitive individuals.

A prospective five-year study, by Monash University, followed 72 patients on a gluten-free diet. Results showed that their gut health improved significantly after one year on a gluten-free diet, with a continuous improvement up to five years later.1

The study reinforced that there were clear long-term benefits in following the diet, even for those who don’t present with gastrointestinal symptoms, said lead researcher Dr Evan Newham. 2

Figures show 7% of the population are gluten sensitive, and more than 20% are avoiding gluten and now buying gluten-free products.3

However, individuals who are gluten-sensitive may find it difficult to follow a restrictive diet – especially during festivities or family celebrations – or occasionally consume a gluten-containing food by mistake. On these occasions, ask your healthcare practitioner about a combination of enzymes to more effectively metabolise gluten.

Gluten is a large protein that is comprised of two fractions, the glutenins and gliadins. Both fractions are rich in4 proline and glutamine and have different levels of solubility.

Present in wheat, rye and barley, gluten makes up a large portion of many people’s daily diets in the form of bread, pasta, cereals, biscuits, crackers, sauces and condiments.

A blend of protease enzymes may assist in the normal digestion of proteins and the maintenance of healthy digestive function, helping to metabolise specific proteins such as gluten and gliadin.

If you’re struggling to adapt to a life with gluten sensitivity, a proteolytic enzyme blend may be a good option to help break apart difficult-to-digest foods.

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  4. Kok MS, Gillis R, Ang S, et al. Can dietary fibre help provide safer food products for sufferers of gluten intolerance? A well-established biophysical probe may help towards providing an answer. BMC Biophysics 2012;5:10.