Researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada hope to have found a way to improve the quality of life for those people suffering with coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine. The symptoms vary from person to person and in severity. The most common symptom is diarrhoea, caused by the body being unable to absorb nutrients which can cause vitamin deficiencies. Other symptoms are abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, weight loss, fatigue, iron deficiency, etc.
Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction to gladden, a gluten protein found in wheat, rye and barley among other foods.
The researchers have developed a natural supplement from the yolks of chicken eggs that prevents the absorption of gliadin. They say “This supplement binds with the gluten in the stomach and helps to neutralise it, therefore providing defence to the small intestine, limiting the damage gliadin causes.”
“Our groundbreaking new health product has the potential to offer more dietary freedom and, overall, a much better quality of life for gluten-intolerant individuals."
The hope is that the supplement will be available within three years, following further tests and trials. That would be such good news and even better if it doesn't contain lots of chemicals!