Taking a Probiotic, Such As Vidazorb®, May Be Helpful for Those Suffering with Celiac Disease

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May is Celiac Awareness Month, and during a month when we honor those who suffer with this disease, Vidazorb® wants Celiacs to know that relief may be well within reach. It is important for consumers to know that probiotics may provide the restorative balance their digestive system needs.

The University of Chicago’s Celiac Center reports that one out of every 133 Americans suffers from Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine, also known as gluten intolerance. Yet, this number is most likely higher due to the fact that it is a difficult disease to diagnose. With such a large number of people suffering from celiac disease, many will benefit to learn that probiotics may be helpful for nutrient absorption and improved digestion.

Celiac disease is an abnormal digestive condition triggered by the protein gluten. When people with celiac disease eat foods that contain gluten (proteins found in certain grains such as wheat, rye and barley), their immune system responds with a reaction that causes chronic inflammation and damage to the small intestine. This reaction blocks nutrient absorption so no matter how many nutrients enter the body, too few are utilized, leading to malnourishment. Other effects of celiac disease include episodes of depression and anxiety as well as a high level of gut barrier permeability, which allows harmful bacteria into the digestive system at a higher rate.

The key to restoring optimal digestive health after a celiac disease diagnosis is to find a way to absorb necessary nutrients so that the small intestine can work to repair itself. Regular use of effective probiotic supplements like Vidazorb® can aid in immediate improvement as well as ongoing nutrient absorption.

Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms which, when consumed in adequate amounts, provide a health benefit to the host. The main job of these beneficial bacteria is to help digest and absorb nutrients as food particles pass through the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The GIT contains both good and bad bacteria, and while achieving a positive bacterial balance is important for everyone, it is especially helpful in managing celiac disease on a daily basis.

In addition to restoring intestinal balance, recent research has demonstrated that probiotics help digest gluten particles in the small intestine. Gluten is made up of glutenin and gliadin proteins. Gliadin is the specific cause of the inflammation and tissue damage in those with celiac disease, due to its partial digestion in the small intestine. Probiotics have been shown to assist in digesting gliadin proteins down to harmless peptides and scientists are looking closer into this reaction in people afflicted with celiac disease.

Repairing the gut takes time and, along with a probiotic regimen, those with celiac disease need to adhere to a gluten free diet for the rest of their lives. “When choosing a probiotic to help manage celiac disease, it is important to find one that is gluten free and has a high number of bacteria colony forming units (CFUs),” said New York-based Dr. Anthony Azar. “There are many probiotic supplements on the market, but I recommend Vidazorb® chewable probiotics to my patients. Vidazorb® carries up to 10 billion CFU per tablet, delivering a therapeutic dose of live beneficial microorganisms with each intake.”

So far, studies have been conducted in a simulated intestinal environment, using intestinal epithelial cells from a person with celiac disease. Researchers discovered that bifidobacterium lactis probiotic strains inhibited permeability caused by gliadin3. It is important to remember that this does not mean probiotics can replace a gluten-free diet as treatment for celiac disease, but, rather, that they are a helpful addition to a gluten-free diet.

About Vidazorb®
Vidazorb® Chewable Probiotics are a delicious, convenient and calorie-free way of keeping the digestive system running smoothly. Taking a daily probiotic supplement may help prevent the severity of this discomfort of a wide range of digestive conditions such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. http://www.vidazorb.com

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