If you have gluten sensitivity, you've probably heard that you'll always have it. There's no known cure. So this may come as a surprise. Many people who suffer from gluten sensitivity might be able to reverse their condition with a simple nutrient combination.
Gluten sensitivity occurs when large proteins, such as gluten, pass easily through the tissues of your gut. Normally, with a healthy gut, these proteins can't pass through these tissues. But intestinal permeability and gut dysbiosis open up the tissues and the proteins pass through. When they do, it can cause the classic signs of gluten sensitivities, such as distended abdomen, fatigue, wound healing, fluid retention, muscle weakness, flatulence, borborygmous (stomach rumbling), or foul smelling stools.
Until recently, most people with gluten sensitivity were forced to avoid gluten in breads, pastas, and pastries or suffer these uncomfortable symptoms. But new research is suggesting that many cases of gluten sensitivity aren't due to a gluten allergy, but a nutrient deficiency. In fact, one study found that treating celiac disease with nutrients might be able to reverse the condition. If this proves true, it goes completely against current medical teaching, which says celiac is incurable.
In the study, researchers looked to see if vitamin C could benefit celiac patients. They measured the amounts of secreted nitrites, IFN-y, TNF-a, IFN-a, IL-17, IL-13 and IL-6, as well as the total quantity of IL-15 in the cultured biopsies. All of these play a role in celiac disease. The researchers found that the vitamin C prevented the augmented secretion of nitrites, IFN-y, TNF-a, IFN-a and IL-6 and increased the expression of IL-15 triggered by gliadin. These results strongly suggest that vitamin C supplementation might be beneficial for celiac patients
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This makes sense, as vitamin C is a powerful immune system modulator. It stimulates leukocyte function, it enhances lymphocyte proliferation in response to infection, and it plays a significant role in the regulation of the inflammatory response.
Another study found that it's common for celiac patients to have multiple vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These include folic acid, vitamin A, B6, B12, and (25-hydroxy) D, zinc, haemoglobin (Hb), and ferritin. "Almost all of the celiac disease patients (87%) had at least one value below the lower limit of reference. Specifically, for vitamin A, 7.5% of patients showed deficient levels, for vitamin B6 14.5%, folic acid 20%, and vitamin B12 19%. Likewise, zinc deficiency was observed in 67% of the celiac disease patients, 46% had decreased iron storage, and 32% had anaemia. Overall, 17% were malnourished.... Vitamin deficiencies were barely seen in healthy controls, with the exception of vitamin B12."
The biggest question is whether the celiac disease caused the vitamin deficiencies or vice versa. We know that celiac affects digestion, so it definitely compounds the deficiencies. But the first study indicates vitamin deficiencies might have a causal affect. Until we know more, talk to your doctor about having your nutritional status tested.
If you have gluten sensitivity, you'll want to add vitamin C to your daily regimen. But you'll want to take it with a good probiotic, such as Advanced Probiotic Formula, with the vitamin C. The two work together to help rebuild your gut. If you have celiac disease, talk to your doctor about taking vitamin C.
You can take regular vitamin C (up to bowel tolerance), but I would recommend liposomal vitamin C, such as Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C. You can find it in many health food stores and on the Internet.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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