Can I take OptiBac if I have Coeliac Disease or Wheat Intolerance?
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 (see Probiotics Learning Lab for more glossary terms), 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.
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 For every day and One week flat.
This FAQ has been answered by Jo Saunders, Nutritional Therapist DipCNM MBANT.