During my morning routine of reading the latest articles about celiac disease/gluten intolerance, I came across a really interesting one. It seems that the University of Alberta is working on an egg yolk pill. Yes, you read that right…an egg yolk pill that will supposedly allow people with celiac disease to eat all of their favorite wheat laden goodies.
According to the article:
This treatment would work by using antibodies found in egg yolks to coat the gluten, allowing it to pass through the digestive tract without doing any damage, combating both the symptoms associated with gluten ingestion and the intestinal damage caused.
Specifically, the supplement works by preventing gliadin from being absorbed. Gliadin is the component in gluten that damages the absorptive surface of the small intestine.
Gliadin is a class of proteins present in wheat and several other cereals within the grass genus Triticum. Gliadins, which are a component of gluten, are essential for giving bread the ability to rise properly during baking. Gliadins and glutenins are the two main components of the gluten fraction of the wheat seed.Researchers from the University of Alberta, led by Hoon Sunwoo, are in the process of testing a pill that will use the egg yolk antibodies to protect the body from the effects of gluten ingestion.
Sunwoo has spent the past 10 years developing this treatment and is committed to providing relief for people with celiac disease.
You can read the article here.
The pill is designed to be taken five minutes before eating or drinking and would provide protection from an adverse gluten reaction for a couple of hours. This means that those who take the pill could enjoy things like pizza and beer, free from worry that the gluten would affect their systems.
Sunwoo makes it very clear that his pill is not a cure or long-term treatment solution, it’s more like a way to ease the problem. But if you ask me, even a way to ease the problem is a pretty huge and exciting deal. The only downside is that we have to wait a few years for it to hit the market, and that it’s not exactly an ideal solution for people with egg allergies.
We have all heard about these promised panaceas before. There are several pills on the market now claiming to allow those with celiac or gluten intolerance to eat their favorite foods without consequences.
Gluten Defense claims to reduce the reaction to gliadin and gluten proteins:
CAUTION: While Gluten Defense will reduce the level of reaction to gliadin and gluten proteins in a meal, it is advised that celiac disease sufferers continue with their normal gluten exclusion diet as even small amounts of gliadin can cause adverse reactions in the most sensitized individuals. If pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs, consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use.
Gluten Cutter makes no such claim, however, they state that:
Only Gluten Cutter™ is formulated with GCX50™, an advanced proprietary blend of enzymes that target & break down gluten, thereby aiding the digestion-containing food. Use it each time you eat the foods you love! Gluten Cutter may also be used by those looking to remain on a gluten-free diet.
The only disclaimer:
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Is an egg yolk pill any better than these so-called gluten stoppers? In my opinion, taking any of these pills if you have celiac disease is downright dangerous. At the least, they will not work and will lull you into a false sense of security.
In case of accidental ingestion of gluten, they might actually help to stave off a full blown attack, but I doubt it. If you are celiac, it might actually land you in the hospital.
Those of us with gluten intolerance have to face facts-your days of eating gluten are over. It’s just that simple. Once you have resigned yourself to this your life will get a whole lot easier. And yes, I have considered taking them, but I have done my homework and realized they will not work. There is no quick fix for gluten intolerance. There is no magic pill.
I miss pizza, cake, cookies, fried foods, etc. every day. But I realize that eating those things will make me sick. I realize not everyone has great willpower. But there is a difference between eating those things if you are trying to lose weight, and eating those things when you know they will make you sick.
If anyone has tried any gluten cutting pills I would be very interested in knowing your experiences with them. Please comment your thoughts.