Dr. Vikki Petersen recently posted a new video, Celiac Disease: An Epidemic on the Rise and I want to share it with you because it is very important to understand that celiac disease gets “turned on” at some point in a person’s life…one is not born with celiac disease.
In order to develop celiac disease, you at least need the following three things going on:
1). you need the genes
2). you need to be eating gluten
3). you need an unhealthy gut and loss of intestinal barrier function (a.k.a. leaky gut)
With so many different probiotic strains available, how do I know which one(s) to take?
This is the million dollar question that I have been asking myself since I started taking probiotics on a regular basis nearly a year ago. If I could have just one wish, it would be that Dr. Alessio Fasano, Dr. Peter Green, Dr. Joseph Murray and Dr. Stefano Guandalini co-author a book on all the steps involved in complete healing after a celiac diagnosis. It is often much more involved than “simply” going on a strict gluten-free diet, but sadly, we’re left to figure it out on our own, usually after more devastating celiac “sidekick” diseases have kicked in (like my 5 autoimmune disorders).
I recently came across a couple of interesting articles and I encourage you to read them as well (I would also recommend sharing the articles with your doctor):
K. Lindfors, T. Blomqvist, K. Juuti-Uusitalo et al. Live probiotic Bifidobacterium Lactis Bacteria Inhibit the Toxic Effects Induced by Wheat Gliadin in Epithelial Cell Culture. British Society for Immunology, Clinical and Experimental Immunology 2008; 152: 552–558.
De Angelis M, Rizzello CG, Fasano A et al. VSL3# probiotic preparation has the capacity to hydrolyse gliadin polypeptides responsible for celiac sprue. Biochim Biophys Acta 2005; 1762: 80–93.
My mother-in-law, whose doctor has suspected that she might have Crohns, has taken VSL#3 for a few years now and she swears by it. When she doesn’t take VSL#3 for any given amount of time, she can definitely notice some adverse effects. My husband started taking VSL#3 a few months ago and he has been singing its praises as well.
What stopped me from taking VSL#3 initially was the fact that it *could* contain trace amounts of dairy.
From the VSL#3 website:
Some dairy ingredients are used in the culture medium but are removed during fermentation and concentration. There might be trace amounts at very low levels and, for this reason, VSL#3® is not defined as a dairy-free product but as a non-dairy product. Click here to continue reading.
I do not have a dairy allergy, but the results of my Cyrex Labs Array #4, showed a clear gluten-associated cross reaction with dairy. What to do? Talk with your doctor. I spoke with mine and he agreed that VSL#3 would certainly be worth trying. I’m really glad I did, as the benefits have been notable. You can order VSL#3 online or you can use their pharmacy locator to find a pharmacy near you. I order mine through our local Costco for $43.65/bottle (a savings of $8.35).
It’s also important to note that you need to feed your feed your intestinal flora in order to keep them healthy and thriving. Read more about prebiotics over at Mark’s Daily Apple.
Strains of Bacteria in VSL#3:
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus
*recently reclassified as Bifidobacterium Lactis
How do you know if you need a probiotic supplement? Check out this post: Hello Flora, How you Doin’?
Do you take probiotic supplements on a regular basis? If so, which brands/strains do you take? Have you noticed any improvements in your overall health?
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