If you’re one of the millions of people in the U.S. suffering from some level of celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, there may be hope for you to be able to enjoy a slice of bread without the adverse health effects in the near future. Researchers at Boston University have uncovered a naturally produced salivary enzyme that may just give you the help you need to break down gluten and avoid adverse health effects that typically accompany the consumption of gluten products.
The Boston University Research
Patients who suffer from celiac disease know the sad truth about our eating crusty breads and chewy bagels – the enzymes in our stomach don’t break them down very well. Even though these foods are difficult for any stomach to digest, patients with celiac disease suffer from numerous adverse health effects due to their body’s inability to process gluten. Dr. Eva Helmerhorst is a Boston University professor in molecular and cell biology. She discovered that for those who had no problem digesting gluten, a salivary enzyme was doing the heavy lifting when it came to breaking down gluten. Research is still ongoing, but Dr. Helmerhorst and her co-researchers hope they can find a way to harness these salivary enzymes to help patients with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
What it Means for You
If you’re one of the many people who can’t enjoy a nice, fluffy pancake or thick slices of toast without experiencing discomfort, this research could just mean you can stop avoiding some of your favorite gluten-filled treats. Instead, dentists and physicians may be able to change your saliva makeup to improve your oral and overall health and function.
How the Access Dental Team Can help
At Access Dental in Austin, we may not be able to use your salivary enzymes to breakdown gluten just yet, but we can help you improve your oral health and function to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. If you are what you eat, your body’s optimal health begins with a healthy smile. The enzymes and bacteria in the mouth break down foods into their proper nutrients, allowing patients to receive the nutrition they need to ensure healthy function. If you want to learn more about how your oral health and whole body health are connected or just schedule your dental checkup, give Access Dental a call. We have four convenient Austin locations, so there’s an office near you. You can find us on Rundberg Lane, William Cannon Drive, East 7th Street, and Ed Bluestein.