Gluten sensitivity is a condition that has symptoms similar to Celiac disease or wheat allergies. About 6% of the population suffers from gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder that centers around the small intestine. With both gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease, reactions from proteins (gliadin) in wheat and other grains damage the lining of the small intestine and prevent absorption of important nutrients that the body requires to stay healthy, including important fats, such as Omega fatty acids. When the gliadin reaches the tissues in the small intestine, the over-reacting antibodies in the immune system cause an inflammatory reaction. This inflammatory reaction interferes with nutrient absorption. If this is not treated, villous atrophy will occur, making proper digestion of important nutrients very difficult.
According to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, there are approximately 300 symptoms from gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease.
A short list of those symptoms are :
- Loose stools
- Weight Loss
- Failure to gain weight
- Abdominal pain, indigestion, bloating
- Bruising easily
- Muscle cramps
- Hair loss
- Joint pain
The only effective treatment that will allow the villi in the intestine lining to heal is to follow a gluten-free diet. (Villi are tiny ‘hairs’ in the intestinal tract that ‘grab’ the nutrients as they pass through.) This is where hemp comes in. Hemp seed and hemp seed oil do NOT have the protein gliadin. Hemp seed is an excellent source of edestin protein, the protein closest to human globulin. Edestin protein is easily digested by the body. Hemp is also an anti-inflammatory and has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids.
Adding hemp to a gluten-free diet is a perfect choice – you get your protein, the anti-inflammatory properties help heal the condition, and the Omega fatty acids and other nutrients in the hemp are then able to be absorbed.