GluteGuard’s patented enzyme, caricain, helps protect against symptoms caused by inadvertent gluten ingestion for those on a gluten-free diet for medical reasons

The Gluten Problem

When gluten containing foods are eaten, the body’s pancreatic enzymes (pepsin, trypsin and chymotrypsin) which are found in the gastrointestinal track, cannot fully digest the gluten proteins. They can only partly break them down, leaving smaller, undigested, sections called ‘peptides’.

Most people are not affected by these peptides. For others with recognised gluten disorders, the peptides can be toxic or capable of triggering an auto-immune reaction, leading to the symptoms and intestinal damage observed in gluten related disorders.

Studies from Professor Hugh Cornell and colleagues showed how gluten is made up of complex peptides that can affect individuals on the spectrum of gluten sensitivities. They hypothesised that if the right enzyme is delivered to the small intestine, it could complete the digestion of these gluten peptides, helping to protect patients against the effects otherwise caused by inadvertent gluten ingestion. This was followed by the discovery of a very specific enzyme uniquely able to break down the toxic and immunogenic peptides in gluten into harmless fragments.

An Innovative Natural Enzyme

GluteGuard is the culmination of years of research into the enzymatic properties of caricain, an enzyme found in the latex of unripe papaya fruit was identified by laboratory studies as being highly potent in breaking down toxic gluten peptides.

The caricain enzymes target and breakdown the toxic and immunogenic peptides in gluten that are only partially digested by gastrointestinal proteases. When taken immediately before a meal, GluteGuard’s enteric coating ensures quick delivery to the duodenum where the natural enzymes are released and uniquely able to break down the small amounts of gluten that may have been inadvertently ingested, before these interact with the intestinal lining, causing the common symptoms and immune activation that leads to intestinal damage.

GluteGuard’s unique combination of the enzyme caricain and the delivery method ensures that it is highly effective at reducing the occurrence of symptoms caused by inadvertent gluten ingestion.

As a listed complementary medicine (AUST L 277307), GluteGuard is recommended for anyone with medically diagnosed gluten sensitivity and who follows a gluten-free diet. GluteGuard should be used in conjunction with a gluten-free diet. It cannot and should not replace a gluten-free diet.

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