Gluten intolerance… and the magic of L-glutamine
What is Gluten? ….
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham, KAMUT® khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale – a cross between wheat and rye. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected
Wheat is commonly found in:
- baked goods
- salad dressing
Barley is commonly found in:
- malt (malted barley flour, malted milk and milkshakes, malt extract, malt syrup, malt flavoring, malt vinegar)
- food coloring
- Brewer’s Yeast
Rye is commonly found in:
- rye bread, such as pumpernickel
- rye beer
A gluten intolerance is the body’s inability to digest or break down the gluten protein found in wheat and certain other grains. Gluten intolerance (also known as a gluten sensitivity) can range from a mild sensitivity to gluten to full-blown celiac disease.
What is coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease is neither a food allergy nor an intolerance, but a serious autoimmune disease that affects one in 100 people in the UK, according to Bupa.
Symptoms include chronic diarrhoea, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue and joint pain. Gluten triggers an immune response that causes damage to the intestines, leaving people unable to absorb the required vitamins and nutrients from food, which can be life-threatening. If left untreated it can also cause infertility, osteoporosis and bowel cancer.
The disease affects women more than men and can affect people of all ages, but usually begins in infancy. It requires a blood test and an endoscopic biopsy of the small intestine in order to diagnose. There is no known cure and the best treatment is to follow a life-long gluten free diet.
Ok…. so what is L-glutamine? It sounds like it is something similar…
Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid in the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Glutamine is produced in the muscles and is distributed by the blood to the organs that need it. Glutamine might help gut function, the immune system, and other essential processes in the body, especially in times of stress. It is also important for providing “fuel” (nitrogen and carbon) to many different cells in the body. Glutamine is needed to make other chemicals in the body such as other amino acids and glucose (sugar).
Sports people have known about the positive healing effects of L-Glutamine for several years but it has been increasingly used in products that have been specifically designed for people who have coeliac disease.
This amino acid speeds up healing of the intestines and helps to cure a leaky gut. L-Glutamine supplements help repair the damage done to the gut lining, and they also help the lining regrow.
StrongDuck BCAA Whey contains 5g of pure L-glutamine per 100g. Whey is naturally gluten free anyway, so, for any sports person, with a gluten intolerance, or coeliac disease, then regular supplementation with our BCAA Whey, will not only help to repair and build skeletal muscle, but can also help to repair the intestinal lining.