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Does grain affect your brain?

If you have not personally made efforts to reduce your gluten intake, chances are, you know someone who has. This has prompted many grocery stores and restaurants to start offering a wider variety of gluten-free alternatives. But what does the scientific research have to say?

Celiac Disease

For those with celiac disease, gluten triggers an immune response which, over time, can lead to chronic inflammation and the malabsorbtion of nutrients. At this time, there is no cure for celiac disease. But a gluten-free diet can prevent negative symptoms and allow for intestinal healing.

While eliminating gluten from your diet can be highly beneficial for intestinal health, gluten can also have a significant effect on your mental well-being.

In a recent study published in the journal of Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Dr. Greg Yelland found that individuals with celiac disease, who followed a gluten-free diet, also experienced improved cognitive function and a noticeable decrease in symptoms of depression.

Depression & “Brain Fog”

“In our experience, patients often report that brain fog dissipates after treatment on a gluten-free diet or returns after inadvertent gluten exposure.”
~Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Scientists have revealed that celiac disease is also associated with cognitive symptoms. In particular, this disease can produce “brain fog” – a term used to describe symptoms of memory loss, loss of creativity, and the inability to concentrate.

A gluten-free diet can also provide cognitive benefits to those who do not have celiac disease. Researchers have found that participants on a ‘gluten diet’ scored noticeably higher on depression scales than their gluten-free counterparts.

In fact, studies suggest that many people who self-diagnose as gluten-sensitive often report feeling considerably better, even though their gastrointestinal function remains the same. Scientists conclude that this overall sense of improved well-being in non-celiac individuals is due to the cognitive, rather than digestive, benefits of a gluten-free diet.

Why This Matters To Us?

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D’Angelo, C., Mirijello, A., & Addolorato, G. (2008). Celiac disease. N Engl J Med, 358(7), 747.

Lichtwark, I. T., Newnham, E. D., Robinson, S. R., Shepherd, S. J., Hosking, P., Gibson, P. R., & Yelland, G. W. (2014). Cognitive impairment in coeliac disease improves on a gluten-free diet and correlates with histological and serological indices of disease severity. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics, 40(2), 160-170.

Volta, U., & De Giorgio, R. (2010). Gluten sensitivity: an emerging issue behind neurological impairment?. The Lancet Neurology, 9(3), 233-235.



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