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Peptides that Counteract the Effects of Gluten
What is Gluten?
Gluten is the component found in wheat, which makes half of the protein itself. The chewiness of the dough and bread is because of gluten. It is the component that acts as a glue to hold these materials together. Although the human body does not digest gluten, it does not add value to our food; we usually add it to our diet. In fact, it moves through our body, ruining our digestive system, and then can move out of our body through bowel movements, like corn.
The main question that arises is that when it does not contribute to the nutritional value, then why is it still added to our diets? Gluten is readily available in the foods like pasta and bread that we eat in masses. But in order to control gut problems, it is best to control the consumption of gluten.
More Side Effects than the Benefits
It is usually assumed that only people with celiac disease suffer from Gluten intolerance, but this is not true. Others can also have problems with gluten. Numerous problems like leaky gut, acid reflux, bloating, and some more uncomfortable side effects can be observed in the starters.
Some other medical reasons are also responsible for the intolerance to this wheat-prone component. One of the reasons is that our body starts developing an immune response to gluten, which in turn causes wheat allergy and therefore attacks our body. Another reason is the non – celiac gluten sensitivity. In this condition, the person does not suffer from any other health problem that can result in stomach discomforts or any other gastrointestinal symptoms. Another reason for gluten intolerance is the presence of a substance named zonulin, which results in some inflammatory responses in the gut and also causes a leaky gut.
In North America, almost 10% of the individuals are shown to suffer from symptoms that are related to gluten disorder.
Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance
The most common symptoms of Gluten intolerance are related to gastrointestinal issues like stomach pains, bloating, constipation, gas, or diarrhea. The prolonged consumption of this component has also shown to cause problems like brain fog, and in rare conditions, with aging, it has shown to cause cognitive decline. Some other symptoms that are associated with gluten intolerance include fatigue, constant headaches, inflammation or swelling of joints causing pain, inflammation, depression, stomach cramps, brain fog, or cognitive decline.
Ways to Counteract the Effects of Gluten
Numerous research studies have shown that gluten can cause more side effects than benefits to our body and also that it does not possess any nutritional value.
So some ways that can be used to counteract the effects of gluten are mentioned ahead. The beginners, who are suffering from joint pains due to gluten, can try consuming peptides like Sermorelin or another peptide like TB-500 or BPC-157. Sermorelin has been shown to improve the pain in joints with the continued usage, while TB500 and BPC157 are known to possess healing abilities.
There are other options available for counteracting some other side effects like cognitive decline. The nootropic phenylpiracetam can be used in such cases. This peptide is a member of the racetam family and is beneficial in sharpening the focus and improving the overall memory. If added to the routine diet, this component is also beneficial in curbing issues like brain fog.
Points to be kept in mind for a Gluten-Free Diet
Mainly people with celiac disease have shown to possess gluten intolerance, but recently many studies have shown this intolerance in people not suffering from celiac disease. The most important point to be kept in mind for such people is that whatever they consume should not have wheat or its products. The labels on the food items should now be read more thoroughly.
The list of ingredients should be checked even on the packaging that says Gluten Free. Recipes from the internet can also be checked for preparing bread or pasta of our own without using wheat or any of its products.
Should Gluten be Included in the Diet?
As we have already mentioned above, gluten does not possess any nutritional value, so cutting it from the diet would not cause any harm. In fact, it might be beneficial in the long run if it is removed from the diet.
Many studies have shown that cutting gluten from the diet has successfully dissipated the effects of brain fog. Other beneficial effects were also observed, like a healthier gut and an overall reduction in the symptoms commonly associated with gluten intake. Although, the decision is left to the individual to cut gluten from the diet and choose some substitutes for it or continue gluten consumption.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned are not for human or animal consumption. All the information shared in this article is for educational purposes only.
Dr. Usman (BSc, MBBS, MaRCP) completed his studies in medicine at the Royal College of Physicians, London. He is an avid researcher with more than 30 publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Usman has worked as a researcher and a medical consultant for reputable pharmaceutical companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi.