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All Optibac supplements are gluten free and wheat free. They are therefore suitable for those suffering from coeliac disease, a gluten intolerance or wheat intolerance.
Coeliac disease is not an allergy or intolerance, but is known as an autoimmune condition, where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue of the small intestine. In this case the body attacks the gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley & rye) causing inflammation and damage to the surface of the intestines known as the villi, which affects the body's ability to absorb nutrients from food. Coeliac disease affects at least 1 person in every 100.
Healthcare professionals can read more about autoimmunity on Probiotic Professionals.
However, some people suffer from a wheat or gluten intolerance, which means they have problems digesting wheat protein or gluten. Those with gluten or wheat intolerance might be interested to find out more about the supplements Every Day and One Week Flat.
NB: Please note that whilst all of the products in the Optibac range are gluten free, for those with extreme allergies we cannot guarantee that products were developed in a strictly gluten free environment.
Author: Jo Saunders, Nutritional Therapist DipCNM MBANT.