Enzymes may provide treatment for gluten intolerance
Family of enzymes is huge - it consists of over 3000 enzymes of all sorts.
Most of them are proteolytic or protein degrading enzymes. The most helpful supplement of this sort is systemic enzymes.
An enzyme has been recently identified that is able to degrade gluten in a laboratory simulation of the gastrointestinal tract.
If clinical trials bear out the findings, adding the enzyme to gluten-containing meals "might eliminate gluten toxicity, thus offering patients the possibility of abandoning (at least occasionally) their strict gluten-free diet" ...
The enzyme accelerated the digestion of gluten that is found in bread and other grain products, the authors report. Similar results were obtained when a fast food meal was tested instead of white bread alone...
The investigators believe that this enzyme is a good candidate for clinical trials to see if it can remove all gluten toxicity. They add that the enzyme is available on an industrial scale.
SOURCE: Gut, January 2008.