For people with celiac disease, especially those recently diagnosed, eating gluten-free food and taking the right supplements is paramount. This article talks about the cutting edge nutritional research behind Nucleotide Nutrition’s food supplement IntestAid IB and how it is able to support a healthy small intestine.
Digestion and celiac disease
Our absorption of food and nutrients occurs mostly in the small intestine; it is here that we have thousands of tiny protrusions that line the small intestines called villi, which play a vital role increasing the surface area available in the gut for maximum absorption. However, in celiacs, these villi are destroyed and the intestinal wall damaged causing serious implications.
An allergic reaction to gluten, celiac disease (or gluten sensitivity) is a severe immune response which leads to inflammation of the small intestines and injury to the intestinal lining. Diarrhoea, abdominal bloating, vomiting and weight loss may be experienced from this reaction to gluten, and the consequential inability to properly digest food. As the villi are destroyed, the surface area is reduced and the intestinal lining is made smooth. Without the villi, absorption of dietary nutrients is made inefficient, leading to malnutrition. Many celiac sufferers are deficient in essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, vitamin D and K, calcium, magnesium and folic acid. If untreated, malnourishment and insufficient vitamins and minerals in the diet can cause osteoporosis (weakening of the bones and reduction of bone density).