Gluten in Probiotics
The quality of the products we consume is a big deal. More and more people are getting serious about their health and wellness, and doing their research to be sure they are consuming the best possible foods, vitamins, and supplements.
Eating gluten, a protein that causes inflammation, is know to exacerbate certain health conditions. Last year doctors were finding that patients with celiac disease who took probiotics were having an increase in their symptoms. After doing some research the doctors found that more than half the top selling probiotics contained gluten. Even if the label said “gluten-free” they had a chance of containing gluten.
These products may contain things not listed in the ingredients (gluten, soy, egg, peanut) because they are produced in factories where cross-contamination from other products is possible. The FDA also says that approximately two-thirds of companies do not follow proper manufacturing practices.
What you can do:
- When trying any new supplement/vitamin/food do your homework on it beforehand.
- Talk to your physician about quality supplement brands. Unfortunately, buying bulk bottles to get the lowest price is rarely ever the wisest decision.
- Find out how much you should be taking, and look for natural sources of those vitamins/minerals in food as well.
- When trying anything new take it in low doses first and note any side effects. You can build up to the recommended dose.
- Everyone’s body is different. Brands can claim their product does not contain an ingredient as long as there is less then 20 parts per million of it (for gluten). Some people may be fine with these levels and others may not.
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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare