Gluten Free Diet Boosts Your Brain Power
The word gluten-free is getting common now-a-days especially in the markets. The companies are increasing gluten-free brands of each item day by day. Even the cosmetics are being marketed with the tile “gluten-free.” The foods, drinks, recipes, medicines and even the tissues are getting gluten-free pride. The gluten is a protein that irritates the small intestine and the intestine gets allergic and sensitive to this protein. This allergy may cause further more diseases. This sensitivity is called celiac disease. Gluten protein is found in the barley, wheat and many other foods.
A few days ago, Dr. David Perlmutter wrote a book named Grain Brain on the celiac disease and gluten. He is Naples, Fla. based neurologist and has given the references of many studies and researches in the book. Here we have included one of his references published in the Psychiatry and Journal of Neurology. In this publication, he explains that the gluten-free diet is not only useful to escape celiac disease but also helps increase our memory power. The doctor Perlmutter, in his book, says that less than 2% of the population is suffering from celiac disease. So it looks wise that the whole population is not bound to avoid gluten. But there are many other reasons for which the gluten-free diet should be used. He says that the celiac disease is associated with many other diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ADHD. So gluten may call in any of these. Moreover the study shows that more than 30% of the population is always at the risk of celiac disease. So why not stay gluten-free.
The above said facts are enough in favor of gluten-free diets. But there are some more benefits which are significant and important.
Gluten and Brain Power
In the study report Perlmutter says that the gluten-containing foods often contain a protein called gliadin. Gliadin is similar to gluten which is a brain protein. The human body produces anti-bodies against this gliadin. When affected by the gluten sensitivity, the brain cannot differentiate between the gluten and the gliadin functions. On the other side it is necessary to eat brain protein to keep up the cognitive function. So the gluten rich foods produce a complication to the brain and make it confused and scattered.
In the research report the doctor says that the gluten sensitivity produces inflammation in the small intestine. The brain shows severe and ill responses to this inflammation. It produces a condition of intestinal discomfort. The person may suffer headache, absent-mindedness and loss of concentration. Neurological confusion is produced and the memory of the brain gets affected.
2. Gluten Disturbs Defense System
There is a controlled balance of the absorptions and secretions of the food particles in the intestine. A protein Zonulin manages this equilibrium of absorption. The gluten motivates the intestine to produce more Zonulin. This excessive Zonulin produce erosion on the internal walls of the intestine. The balance of absorptions is disturbed. The situation lets the excessive protein and material to cross the digestive walls and enter the blood. These unnecessary entries produce a trouble for defensive system. The system gets slow against this rush of proteins and permits the diseases to occur.
3. Gluten may Stop Brain Fuel
The human brain requires, no doubt, specific particles as a fuel. The brain is not made of carbohydrates. It has about 75% fat. The gluten rich foods produce a gathering of carbohydrates and sugars in blood stream and brain tracks. The brain cannot receive the required fuel and gets week. So, Perlmutter says, the breakfast should not include the sugar-rich diets like orange. Instead, it should consist of gluten-free and fat-rich foods like nuts and eggs. The better gluten meal is that is rich of fatty acids unless other health conditions require something else.
The report tells that when the cognitive function gets abnormal and the person feels joint pain or headache, the diet should be considered. The gluten should be eliminated for few months. This can make you somewhat weak but being smarter is better than being ill. The addition or the elimination of the gluten from the diet shows the effect after a long time. So the results may appear after a few months. But treatment with diet is 100% better than medication.