Candida and gluten allergies are two problems that are commonly seen together. As we have previously looked at on this blog, candida can cause the inflammation and allergies associated with gluten intolerance and other diseases and conditions,.
The link between these two conditions is found in a protein found on the surface of candida cells. This protein, called Hyphal Wall Proetin-1 or HWP-1, is “identical or highly homologous (similar)” to the gluten proteins, alpha gliadin and gamma-gliadin found in gluten products (Wheat, barley, rye). These two proteins are also “known to stimulate immune cell responses in Celiac Disease patients.
Our immune system cells don’t recognize the Hwp-1 as being separate from the intestinal cell. It sees them as both being a part of the same foreign material. From that point on, it will then target both substances together or separately by producing antibodies against them.
Due to the similarities between Hwp-1 and gluten proteins, this can lead to autoimmune diseases like Celiac Disease where the immune system attacks the cells of the intestine when gluten products are ingested. This autoimmune process has been implicated in a host of other inflammatory conditions and patterns throughout the body. Over 150 medical conditions have been reported to have an increased prevalence among gluten sensitive individuals. Long-term inflammation of the intestinal tract can also lead to malabsorption syndromes, anemia, immunosuppression, nervous system disorders, infertility, inflammatory bowel disorders, and cancers. Two good examples of increasingly common conditions related to candida and gluten sensitivities include Autism and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Over the past several decades, there has been an increase in the number of Celiac individuals, as well as many other inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. Crohn’s Disease is 7 times more likely in celiac/gluten sensitive individuals. Today, the incidence of Celiac is as high as 1 in every 100 individuals, or roughly over 3 million people in the United States alone. While this is a tremendous increase in a condition that was considered rare just a few decades ago, some authors believe it is understated.
The diagnosis and resolution of fungal candida has been found to cause a reduction in immune system antibodies against gluten, leading to significant resolution of gluten allergies. Studies such as these and years of clinical results demonstrate how correcting fungal candida imbalances can play a role in correcting gluten intolerance.
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