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Accidental Gluten Exposure

Recommendations for accidental exposure to gliaden in the celiac or gluten-sensitive patient.

Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV)  Although not proven in human studies to help in celiac (which crazy celiac patient would volunteer for this study?), DPP-IV has been shown to help out of the body to degrade the antigenic portion of gluten.  Celiac patient have been shown in studies to have a decrease in DPP-IV activity. (1)

GI repair nutrients/herbs

N-acetyl glucosamine can prevent the immune reaction caused by antigenic protein.  Has been shown out of the body to protect intestinal cells.

DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) increases the integrity of the mucosal cells, it increases the life span of the intestinal cells, improves the quality of the mucosa, and improves the blood supply of nutrients (3). Additionally, it has a high healing rate and significantly low relapse rate for ulcers (4).

Slippery elm provides a soothing, protective film on the gastrointestinal lining. Slippery elm calms the inflamed mucous membranes of the stomach 58). In addition to a soothing texture that coats the stomach lining, slippery elm contains the fiber-rich ingredient mucilage which stimulates mucus secretion (especially protective against ulcers).

Aloe Leaf Extract has been used for thousands of years to heal damaged skin, including the bowel lining. Despite the lack of scientific published studies there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that aloe vera helps inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. In some individuals it may increase G.I. transit time, improve protein digestion and absorption, increase stool bulk and normalize stool bacteria where high levels of yeasts previously existed(6)

L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and is an energy source for  cells.  Intestinal cells prefer glutamine for energy and consume the majority of glutamine in the body. Glutamine is necessary for intestinal cell maintenance and healthy turnover.  (7,8)  In various experimental models, glutamine administration has been shown to reduce cell death and preserve or improve barrier function.  (9-11)  For instance, in an animal model of chemotherapy-induced intestinal damage, glutamine decreased the severity of intestinal injury. (12)

IgG (Immunoglobulin)  Immunoglobulins are antibodies.  They can bind and kill harmful microbes (bacteria, fungi, virus).  Supplementation has been shown to preserve the gut lining.*

Boring scientific jargon:  In vitro, DPP-IV efficiently degrades the immuno-dominant, proline-containing epitope of gliadin, the primary allergenic protein in gluten. DPP-IV has also been shown to markedly enhance the gluten- and casein degrading capacity of other proteolytic enzymes. In rats, functional expression of DPP-IV in intestinal and kidney cells is a requirement for proper digestion of gliadin and for renal filtration of the dairy exorphin beta-casomorphin. Research on the use of supplemental DPP-IV in humans is limited, but one clinical trial examined the effects of a multi-enzyme preparation with DPP-IV activity in a group of 22 children and young adults with ASD. In this open-label trial, 12 weeks of supplementation with the enzyme blend led to significant improvements in most of the clinical parameters measured including attention, comprehension, digestion, eye contact, hyperactivity, mood, sleep, socialization, and speech. A growing body of evidence thus suggests exogenous DPP-IV can be of substantial benefit for managing the digestive and neurobehavioral symptoms associated with reactivity to gluten, casein, and other allergenic and neuroactive dietary proteins.

Acetyl glucosamine, and its oligomers (N,N'-diacetylchitobiose and N,N',N"-triacetylchitotriose) were able to prevent and reverse cell agglutination induced by peptides from all the toxic cereals. Moreover, mannan and N,N',N"-triacetylchitotriose exhibited a protective effect on intestinal mucosa specimens of patients with active celiac disease cultured with wheat protein-derived peptides. These data are consistent with the hypothesis that the agglutinating and toxic peptides are bound by carbohydrates.  (2)

The basic functions of immunoglobulins are the neutralization and opsonization of harmful microbes. Unlike antibiotics, they allow the immune system to differentiate foreign microbes from the body’s normal microflora.  Many of the studies on immunoglobulins involving immune challenge have been animal rather than human studies because of the expense and difficulty using human subjects. Studies have shown oral immuno-protein supplementation restores appetite, (13) supports the body’s healthy response to inflammation (14-16) and promotes improved protein metabolism under immunological stress. (17,18)  Oral supplementation has been shown to preserve gut wall integrity and provide intestinal humoral immunity. (19)

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