Subscribing to a gluten free diet will stop the advancement of celiac disease, however, often there is a lot of residual damage in the body that needs to be properly addressed for optimal recovery and sustained health. Additionally, as a person with celiac disease accidentally ingests gluten, damage continues to happen.
So what can you do to support ongoing health? Richard Helfrich has specifically formulated three products to address intestinal damage and promote gastrointestinal healing:
1. WHITE CHIA SEED FLOUR
White Chia seed flour, a gluten-free, a high-fiber, natural wholefood, is rich in antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids beneficial for heart health. Additionally, Chia’s high antioxidant content means that it also provides long shelf life and unlike Flax Seed does not oxidize when exposed to oxygen.
For anyone suffering from Celiac disease, IBS, Chrones Disease or Colitis — or for those looking for an enhanced nutritional profile, Chia offers many benefits.
The “Cold Fracture Process™” (CFP™) unlocks all of the nutrients, protein, Omega-3 oils, fiber and antioxidants by fracturing the seed hull barrier. Thus, unlocking the nutrition contained inside by creating higher bio-availability as compared to the raw seed. By using the CFP™, none of the dense nutrition or any of the Omega-3 oil is lost.
Chia is the edible seed of the Salvia Hispanica plant, a member of the mint family native to South America.
*Although Chia is gluten-free, it is said that it may not be suitable for sufferers of sesame or mustard-seed allergies.
THE BENEFITS OF CHIA FLOUR FOR THOSE WITH CELIAC DISEASE: Chia flour’s nutritional profile of fiber, phyto nutrients such as lignans, protein, vitamins and minerals make it a perfect choice. Chia is an extremely beneficial food for those diagnosed with celiac disease because it provides a large dose of much needed fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are usually lacking in a gluten free diet.
The lignans aspect of Chia is effective in reducing systemic inflammation, especially in the intestinal lumen. The dense fiber in Chia seeds account for 38 percent of Chia seed’s nutritional composition. This fiber is made up of non-digestible carbohydrate and plant lignan.
It is this lignan that when ingested, can be metabolized by intestinal bacteria to the enterolignans, enterodiol and enterolactone, in the intestinal lumen. Enterodiol can also be converted to enterolactone by intestinal bacteria. Not surprisingly, antibiotic use has been associated with lower serum enterolactone levels. Thus, enterolactone levels measured in serum can reflect the activity of intestinal bacteria in addition to dietary intake of plant lignans.
A total of 21 percent of a Chia seed’s nutrition comes from amino acids, the building blocks for protein synthesis in humans. Chia seed is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, especially ALA, an “essential” acid that the body cannot produce but must obtain by eating foods containing it.
C-Butyrate (Butyric acid) is the main food source of the colonocytes, which are cells in the lining of the colon. C-Butyrate therefore supports the colonocytes, helping them to function properly and maintain the integrity of the intestinal lining. C-Butyrate may also prevent and reverse the colon inflammation experienced by people suffering from Celiac Disease, IBS and Chrones Disease or Colitis — the two types of inflammatory bowel disease.
Apoptosis – programmed cell death – is a normal process in cells. For example, cells may be stimulated to undergo self-destruction if their DNA is damaged so severely that it can’t be repaired, or if there are too many cells in an area. Cancer cells, however, do not undergo apoptosis, and continue to multiply. Research is finding that butyric acidhas been found to inhibit multiplication of cancerous colonocytes and stimulate apoptosis in the cells.
Butyric acid (butanoic acid) belongs to a group of short-chain fatty acids and is thought to play several beneficial roles in the gastrointestinal tract. Butyric anion is easily absorbed by enteric cells and used as a main source of energy. Moreover, Butyric acid is an important regulator of colonocyte proliferation and apoptosis, gastrointestinal tract motility and bacterial microflora composition in addition to its involvement in many other processes including immunoregulation and anti-inflammatory activity. The pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the most commonly diagnosed functional gastrointestinal condition, is complex, and its precise mechanisms are still unclear.
Butyric acid is a short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) that promotes the growth of tissue lining the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Short-chain fatty acids are produced in small amounts when dietary fibre is fermented in the colon. There are several different SCFA including Formic acid, Propionic acid, Acetic acid and Butyric acid. Of the SCFA, Butyric acid is considered one of the mostefficient energy sources for intestinal cells. Butyric acid is a main energy source to intestinal epithelium, particularly for colonocytes. Providing energy for the cells in the form of butyrate may lead to improved performance due to improved gut function.
Research has shown Butyric acid is essential for proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis of epithelial cells. The absorptive epithelial cells found on the intestinal villi use the energy provided by Butyric acid to stimulate villi growth — This is hugely important for a person with celiac disease. Increasing the growth of the enterocytes can increase the ability of villi to absorb nutrients.
C-IP6 is a naturally polyphosphorylated carbohydrate found in cereal grains, beans, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, wheat bran, and other high fiber foods. It aids in the metabolism of insulin and calcium, hair growth, bone marrow cell metabolism, eye membrane development, and helps the liver transfer fat to other parts of the body. The health benefits of C-IP6 are due to the fact that it is a powerful antioxidant, immune enhancer, and source of cardiovascular support. Research has shown C-IP6 to have significant protective and growth regulating effects on various cells and tissues including those of the colon, breast, and prostate. C-IP6 in the diet may even help reduce the risk for kidney stones.
This is why IP-6 is such an important contributor to addressing Celiac Disease, IBS, Chrones Disease or Colitis and the secondary issues that can develop from these diseases and conditions. Chronic inflammation experienced by most people who suffer from Celiac disease, IBS, Chrones Disease and Colitis creates the environment for cell differentiation that can potentially lead to more chronic digestive upset and damage.
The pathology can be different for the various forms of Celiac disease, IBS, Chrones Disease and Colitis, but there are overlaps between them. C-IP-6 inhibits the rate of cell differentiation (mutation) and in the process lowers the risk of secondary issues like colon cancer.
C-IP6 has been reported to promote anti-cancer activity against numerous tumors, such as colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, chronic myeloid leukemia, pancreatic cancer, and rhabdomyosarcomas. C-IP6 can help fight bacterial and fungal infections.