Gluten For Everyone?

Scientists are advancing towards a pill which would allow Celiac patients to consume foods which contain gluten. Those who suffer from Celiac disease cannot consume foods which contain rye, wheat, barley and often oats (due to contamination in factories).

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which causes painful inflammation of the digestive tract following the ingestion of gluten. Currently the only treatment is a gluten-free diet which can be socially, mentally and financially challenging for patients to endure. The pill is described as containing an enzyme which breaks down the gluten peptide responsible for the painful symptoms. So far, the enzyme known as KumaMax has effectively broken down more than 95% of the gluten peptide implicated in Celiac disease.

Reference:

Gordon SR, Stanley EJ, Wolf S, Toland A, Wu SJ, Hadidi D, Mills JH, Baker D, Pultz IS, Siegel JB, Computational Design of an Alpha-Gliadin Peptidase, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, 134(50).

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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