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If you find yourself feeling drained and living in a mental fog, a simple diet change could make all the difference.

A new study has found that cutting gluten from your diet can boost energy and concentration levels, and help you think more clearly.

The Going Gluten Free study asked a group of adults to switch to a gluten-free diet for three weeks, then return to their regular diet including gluten.

The cognitive effects weren’t the only benefits, study participants also reported feeling less bloated and gassy, and less fatigued. Some also reported a reduction in the occurrence of muscle cramps.

The study, by Aberdeen University’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, also found that when participants were off the gluten, their overall diet improved, with more fibre and less salt. Both these changes are beneficial for cholesterol levels, digestion and blood glucose.

Whether these changes were attributable to the improvements in health has not been clarified, but the study authors say the result suggest that you don’t’ have to have coeliac disease to have an intolerance to gluten.

The study, which was part-funded by the UK government, also found levels of vitamins B12 and folate remained stable even when participants were on the gluten-free diet, suggesting they were not taking in fewer vitamins.

Dr Alexandra Johnstone said: “It was interesting to discover that a gluten-free diet improves feelings of fatigue, with participants reporting much higher energy levels during the gluten-free period of the study.

“The fact that they were able to start tasks quicker, concentrate better and think clearer during this time, and felt the need to rest less, all point towards the idea that sensitivity to gluten does exist for some individuals who don’t have coeliac disease.

“It was equally interesting to see that none of participants gained any weight while going gluten-free, in fact our participant’s diets improved through increased fibre and vegetable consumption, and reduced salt intake.

“The next step for us now is to uncover how all of this is reflected in the gut – the main organ affected by coeliac disease.”

Would you consider going gluten-free for these benefits? Or have you already?

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  1. Gluten free is the new in thing. A friend of mine who is gluten intolerant has told me that a lot of people are going gluten free for the supposed health benefits. I guess the jury is still out about health benefits.

  2. The science show Catalyst did a program on gluten free diets a couple of weeks ago. They seem to work for some people with genuine stomach problems such as celiac disease, but for most is not necessary or useful.

  3. Yes I would I recently cut down on carbs and I found I was much better and then when I ate bread yesterday by the afternoon I had upper abdomen cramps so changing to glutton free could be the go

  4. I have medically diagnosed ibs, on low FODMAP diet, no wheat. Much better off,but would not recommend unless you need to, difficult to go completely gf. Expensive and time consuming 🙁 low FODMAP diet has meant I could keep working and leave the house, so worth it for me😊

  5. the grains we now consume are very different to the grains our fore-bearers consumed. I’m not surprised that we have become gluten intolerant. Unfortunately science has not always been our best friend in being able to ‘mass-produce’ our food.

  6. Please include a link to the research paper for articles like this to allow fair comment. I searched for it on “Scholar” using the author’s name without success. I’ll keep looking. There is a clear need for coeliac patients to avoid gluten but I have not seen any other peer-reviewed reports giving benefits for those without the condition.

  7. I have been gluten free for 14 years. I am not coeliac, but had extreme indigestion, bloating and ibs. I started eliminating foods from my diet and found wheat products were a problem. Substituting with gluten free flours etc didn’t work either. I now eat very few carbs as well and that seems to have sorted it out. Yes it was a problem changing the diet I had always eaten,but the end result is worth it.🍽

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