If You're Gluten Free This News Will Make You FLIP Out!
Are you gluten-free and dying to taste a buttery, flaky, sweet croissant, eat a delicious fresh loaf of actual sourdough bread that doesn't taste like cardboard, or even just go out for dinner without worrying about what the heck is actually in your 'gluten-free' meal?
Thanks to a new wonder drug, you might be able to do all of the above...without the awful, uncomfortable consequences of eating gluten.
GluteGuard, developed by scientists from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, contains an enzyme found in the papaya fruit that guards sufferers against gluten - hence its name.
Taken just before a meal, it works to break down the gluten into tiny molecules so it is no longer toxic to the body.
What makes it so effective is that the tablet contains a special coating to ensure its safe passage through the harsh environment of the stomach and into the small intestine where the enzyme is released.
This is important because the small intestine is where gluten - a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats - causes the damage.
An estimated 1 in 10 Australian adults
These symptoms can include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, cramps, headaches, bone or joint pain, muscle cramps, leg numbness, eczema, fatigue, general malaise and tiredness.
Gluten intolerance is different to coeliac disease, which is a serious medical condition where the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten and causes damage to the lower bowel.
Lead researcher and biochemist Professor Hugh Cornell, who has been working to help those with coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity for more than four decades, says clinical trials have shown GluteGuard works.
He says this is very exciting because it is "going to be helpful to a lot of people".
"Countless people worldwide struggle on a daily basis with the various symptoms of gluten intolerance.
"It's going to take the worry out of people with a gluten-free diet.
"It's going to just take that worry away when people are travelling, or visiting friends, going out to restaurants - that type of thing, that's where
It's hoped GluteGuard will also greatly benefit the 1 in 70 Australians with coeliac disease, although it's not recommended as a substitute for a gluten-free diet.
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Source: AAP / Staff Writers