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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2015

uAlberta prof develops celiac supplement

An associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Alberta is offering hope to people who suffer from celiac disease and gluten intolerance.

Hoon Sunwoo has spent the last 10 years developing an antibody supplement that may soon allow celiac patients to occasionally enjoy pasta, bread, pizza, beer and any other gluten products without suffering headaches, digestion problems and severe intestinal damage.

Celiac disease is an auto-immune dysfunction of the small intestine that makes it hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.

The supplement, derived from chicken egg yolks, binds with gluten in the stomach and helps to neutralize it, providing defense to the small intestine. The idea is that people could pop the pill before consuming products containing gluten, although it’s only a temporary fix for symptoms.

The pill has already proven to be safe in clinical trials, and the next step is an efficacy trial, slated to happen within the next year.