Coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition in which gluten causes the immune system to produce antibodies that attack the delicate lining of the bowel, which is responsible for absorbing nutrients and vitamins from food. The intestinal villi are damaged and the body is unable to absorb the essential nutrients and vitamins required to maintain good health.
L-Glutamine is a natural amino acid which speeds up healing of the intestines and the intestinal villi damaged by coeliac disease. It is also known to increase muscle mass and boost immune function which can be beneficial for athletes as well as for recovery from illness and surgery, particularly patients who are undergoing cancer treatment. This can be given in supplement form but there are many foods which are a natural source of glutamine.
- Grass-fed meat and poultry
- Organ meat, particularly liver
- Dairy – meat, yoghurt and cheese but particularly ricotta and cottage cheese
- Free range eggs
- Raw or fermented red cabbage (cooking it destroys the glutamine)
- All types of beans and legumes
- Beet (swiss chard), spinach and parsley (eat raw, not cooked)
If a coeliac sufferer followed a ketogenic, paleo or primal type diet then the majority of these glutamine rich foods would be eaten on a regular basis and they should experience an improvement in symptoms and healing of their damaged intestine.
Once again, a diet filled with good quality natural produce makes much more sense than one full of carbohydrates and sugar!