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Ask Dr. Murray: Trouble with Gluten

March 2, 2017 by Addison Best
Ask Dr. Murray: Trouble with Gluten

We love to hear from our family. Whether you’ve been using Enzymedica products consistently for the last 17 years or you’ve recently discovered that you weren’t alone in experiencing the occasional discomfort that can accompany digestive enzyme deficiencies and/or food intolerances. It’s a wonderful thing when you realize help has arrived!

Doctor Michael Murray is one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. For the past 35 years he has been compiling a massive database of scientific studies and has personally collected over 65,000 articles from the scientific literature. Doctor Murray believes there is strong evidence on the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other natural measures when maintaining health.

Every week, Doctor Murray will answer at least one question from our family in an effort to help further the education around natural options available to everyone.

The question for this week comes from a member of our Facebook family.

What enzymes can help me if I have trouble digesting gluten?

The simple answer is GlutenEase™ contains enzymes that can digest gluten. But, let me provide an overview first. According to one U.S. survey, 1 in every 3 adults is reducing or avoiding gluten consumption. Gluten is the main protein complex primarily found in grains including wheat, barley, spelt and rye. Many people have an intolerance to gluten along with casein, a protein found in milk. When ingested in intolerant individuals these proteins can produce gastrointestinal discomfort, especially gas and bloating.

Although the popular solution for gluten and casein intolerance is following a gluten-free, casein free diet, and eliminating the offending proteins will reduce discomfort, there are often hidden sources of gluten or casein in foods that can still lead to discomfort.

Many gluten free products are available in natural foods stores and even in mainstream supermarkets. Beneficial grains for replacement of gluten sources include amaranth, quinoa, and a variety of rice, such as brown, red, black and wild rice. Casein is found in milk and dairy products. Obviously, when avoiding gluten and casein reading food labels carefully is required.

Supplemental digestive enzyme preparations can help people tolerate lower levels of gluten or casein intake especially during the initial phase of gluten and/or casein avoidance. GlutenEase™ combines the Protease Thera-blend™ enzymes (G1) along with dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV). This enzyme targets both gliadin and casein and is resistant to breakdown by other digestive enzymes. DPP-IV is thought to be one of the key enzymes responsible for the digestion of these proteins and is known to be found in lower amounts in the intestinal lining of individuals with gluten sensitivity and intolerance. In fact, there is an inverse relationship between the level of DPP-IV and intestinal damage in people with gluten sensitivity. In other words, the lower the DPP-IV the more significant the damage to the intestinal lining.

Preparations containing DPP-IV like GlutenEase™, are often recommended to safeguard against any hidden sources of gluten. Like Digest Gold and other digestive enzyme preparations from Enzymedica, GlutenEase™ uses Thera-blend technology. This exclusive process that combines multiple strains of enzymes that work in various pH levels. Thera-blend enzymes have been shown to be three times stronger and work more than six times faster than other leading digestive supplements.

If you are looking for a little help with digesting gluten, give GlutenEase™ a try.

To your health,