I often see people who have tested negative for celiac disease in the past show up positive on more advanced testing. Gluten intolerance is not as straightforward as most medical doctors believe it to be. Most people test negative for gluten reactivity on standard testing when, in fact, they have either celiac disease or should be on a gluten-free diet. These false negatives are because standard medical tests are antiquated, narrow in scope, and fail to account for gluten cross-reactivity.
Fortunately, innovative gluten testing is now easily accessible through Cyrex Labs. These modern tests check for immune reactions to 12 different compounds found in gluten, as well as, foods the body mistakes for gluten, called cross-reactive foods, and other food sensitivities.
People can react to 12 different components of wheat
Wheat contains more than 100 different components that can cause an immune reaction in people. Through extensive research, Cyrex Labs has pinpointed the 12 most common ones, and screens for two different types of immune responses to each of them. These components include peptides, proteins, and enzymes associated with wheat.
Until now, the testing done for gluten intolerance has only been against one protein in wheat, alpha gliadin.
This new testing offered by Cyrex Labs can identify those with celiac disease or those who should be on a gluten-free diet because they react to a component in wheat other than alpha gliadin.
Testing for foods that cross-react with gluten
Not only is it frustrating to a patient, but also a practitioner, when a person who is gluten-intolerant or has celiac disease, goes on a gluten-free diet, and it fails to diminish their health issues. Studies show that many people who have celiac disease don’t restore their gut health when going on a gluten-free diet. Research done by scientists at Cyrex Labs shows this may be due to gluten cross-reactivity and other food sensitivities.
Cross-reactivity is a situation where a protein in one food looks similar to a protein in gluten, and the immune system reacts to it as if it is gluten, triggering symptoms of gluten intolerance. For example, a person who identified as having a gluten intolerance goes on a gluten-free diet but continues to consume dairy. However, proteins in dairy look similar to proteins in gluten, and their immune system cannot tell the difference between the two. As they consume dairy, their immune system mistakenly reacts to it as if it is gluten.
Many different foods that can cross-react with gluten proteins and for foods that are most often the source of sensitivities are tested for by Cyrex Labs.
Did you know, oats and yeast cross-react with gluten, as does dairy? Dairy has a structure that closely resembles gluten so closely that 50 percent of people who react to gluten also react to dairy. A person with celiac disease or gluten intolerance may need to give up dairy and other foods to regain their health again.
Coffee cross-reacts with gluten in many people
Cyrex researchers were surprised to find coffee has the highest rate of cross-reaction with gluten. In other words, some people’s immune system mistakes coffee for gluten, triggering a reaction. This test informs people whether one needs to give up coffee to prevent gluten cross-reactivity.
Here is a list of the most common foods the gluten intolerant person may need to avoid:
Cyrex’s testing may help explain why people with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance may not see improvements after going gluten-free and even dairy-free.
Gluten linked to 55 diseases, most autoimmune
Studies have linked gluten to 55 diseases so far, most of them autoimmune. The effect gluten has on the brain, and nervous tissue is significantly worse and more extensive than researchers once thought. Due to inadequate lab testing and general misinformation, people continue to eat gluten, not knowing it is harming them.
With more advanced testing now available, celiac disease and gluten intolerance are more identifiable. We now understand why going beyond a gluten-free diet may be necessary to restore health for many who are suffering from chronic disease.
Contact my office to find out how we can help you discover your food intolerances and other hidden sources of inflammation.
Be safe and stay healthy,