Frequent hand washing may be one of the best ways to limit the spread of infection, but there’s plenty more we can do to support our immunity. Studies have shown that probiotics are an effective way to prevent and treat respiratory illnesses. If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from celiac disease, it’s important to choose gluten-free probiotics to avoid doing more harm than good. Panacea Scientific is pleased to offer Evvea, an allergen-free probiotic supplement for those with gluten concerns.
The Importance of Gut Health
The gut is quite complex, and its role goes well beyond digestion. Research conducted over the past 20 years has demonstrated that gut function is critical to our overall health. Poor gut health is thought to be a contributing factor in many chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, depression, and obesity.
Causes of Gut Dysfunction
- Poor diet
- Alcohol use
Symptoms of Gut Dysfunction
- Skin problems
- Sugar cravings
How Can Probiotics Help?
Did you know that 70% of our immune system resides in the gut? This microbiome consists of trillions of bacteria—both good and bad — and when there’s an imbalance between the two, pathogens can flourish, setting the stage for illness. Probiotic supplements contain beneficial bacteria, which can protect the lining of our gastrointestinal tract and prevent the overgrowth of foreign invaders.
Benefits of Probiotics
- Better digestion
- Improved mood
- Lower cholesterol
- Clearer skin
- Weight loss
- Increased energy
- Fewer urinary tract infections
- Relief from allergies
Why Choose Gluten-Free Probiotics?
Celiac disease affects about 1 in 100 people, but a much larger percentage of the population is thought to suffer from gluten sensitivity. Though less severe than celiac, gluten sensitivity can cause serious discomfort, and there is currently no test available to confirm its presence. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity can appear suddenly and sometimes not until later in life.
Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Brain fog
Can Probiotics Help With Gluten Sensitivity?
Probiotic supplements can help strengthen and protect the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. When that surface develops cracks or holes, a condition commonly referred to as “leaky gut,” undigested food particles and toxins are able to enter the bloodstream. This can trigger widespread inflammation, infection, and autoimmunity.
What Does the Science Say?
Studies have shown that some strains of probiotics can counteract the inflammatory effects of a protein in wheat called gliadin. Probiotics help produce the enzymes needed to break down and digest the large proteins that would otherwise end up in the bloodstream, producing an immune response. Other research has demonstrated that the addition of a probiotic supplement to the diet of gluten-sensitive patients can lead to an improvement in and, in some cases, a complete remission of symptoms.
Why Diversity Matters
A lack of gut diversity is associated with inflammation, which plays a role in the development of health issues ranging from arthritis to heart disease. While fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut can certainly help repopulate the gut, relying exclusively on food sources of probiotics will limit the diversity of bacteria in your microbiome. A well-formulated probiotic supplement can provide a greater array of bacterial strains, each of which can address a specific health concern.
What About Prebiotics?
Though they get less attention than probiotics, prebiotics feed the beneficial bacteria in the colon and gastrointestinal tract. Evvea contains a prebiotic known as fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a non-digestible carbohydrate or soluble fiber, which supports the growth of beneficial microoganisms in the gut. FOS can fight constipation, boost immunity, and improve bone health. Though each has its own role to play, prebiotics and probiotics both promote gut health.
Picking the Right Probiotic
As evidence of benefits continue to mount, more Americans are turning to probiotic supplements to boost immunity and aid in digestion. Unfortunately, many probiotic supplements contain gluten. Even traces of gluten can sometimes trigger a full-blown allergic reaction in someone with celiac disease.
If you have issues digesting gluten but would like to tap into the benefits of probiotics, Panacea Scientific can help. Contact us or call (203) 246 – 7286 to learn more about our gluten-free probiotics Evvea and ARISE, or any of our other products. Our friendly team would be happy to assist you with your natural healing needs.