It is common for people dealing with celiac disease to suffer from ‘brain fog’ along with other symptoms, like intestinal problems. However, the latest study indicates that closely following a gluten-free diet helps to improve memory and brain function. Let’s learn about the findings in detail.
How The Study Was Conducted?
The study that was published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics was conducted on eleven participants, out of which eight were females. These participants had just been diagnosed with celiac disease. To find out if the ‘brain fog’ of these patients truly improved after consuming a gluten-free diet, the researchers tested them with a series of cognitive assessments, which included and analysis of memory, motor function, visuospatial ability, efficacy and attention.
Simultaneously, researchers also collected small bowel biopsies from the patients through routine gastroscopy around week twelve and fifty-two. These biopsies were then compared with those that were taken at the beginning of the study.
With all the collected information, researchers were able to compare cognitive performance to serum concentrations of tissue transglutaminase antibodies (which are beneficial for diagnosing conditions such as celiac disease), biopsy results and other biological markers.
What’s The Connection between the Gut and the Brain?
Experts have already found that gluten sensitivity is associated to decline in memory power and neurological health conditions such as Parkinson’s, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s. The scientists involved in one study that was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, even claimed gluten sensitivity as a neurological disease.
Gluten sensitivity is a condition that causes inflammation and can directly affect a person’s immunity to disease, as well as the brain, causing various symptoms including deterioration of memory power, extreme headaches, difficulty in concentration and brain fog.
The results of the study show that eliminating gluten-rich foods helps to heal the gut and treat the symptoms that are linked to celiac disease. According to the senior researcher of the study, Dr. Greg Yelland, the study emphasises the importance of a gluten-free diet for maintaining the physical and mental wellbeing in individuals.