.Gluten Cause Joint-Arthritis Pain?
Joint – arthritis pain is very common, and people all around the world, irrespective of culture, suffer from it, some more, some less..
What is the cause of joint/arthritic pain? The simple, honest answer is inflammation. Something has caused the inflammation which gives the nagging, aching pain which doesn’t go away. However, the causes are numerous, and there what may cause inflammatory joint pain for one person may not affect another, and vice versa. Everyone is different.
When you visit your doctor because of the pain, he will tell you that it is normal wear-and-tear of time and aging, that your cartilage has broken down. He’ll most probably prescribe you pain killers. Ibuprofen, analgesics.
Well and good. Yes, pain killers can help you get through the worse of the pain, but it does not remove the cause of the problem. You’re still saddled with the pain everytime the problem flares up. It much like having a hole in your roof in your house: everytime it rains, you use buckets to collect the rain leaking in. Problem solved THIS one time. But when next it rains, you need to scuttle around again with buckets to catch the dripping water. Not so clever, is it? Your leaking roof problem will be eternal, and the roof may one day cave in due to wear-and-tear, and you’ll have a tsunami in your house! The obvious and common sense solution is to… REPAIR YOUR ROOF!
Likewise, for your joint pain. If you don’t nip it in the bud, you’ll suffer more and more excruciating pain as time passes, and your bones start to deform and fuse together. So do your very utmost best NOW to find the cause of your problem. Taking pain killers in the mean time to ease your suffering is very sensible. But don’t rely on them on the long-term. Side effects of NSAIDs include heart attacks and kidney failure.
Today, we explore gluten as one main causes of joint/arthritic pain. Many people have reported joint/arthritic pain having disappeared when they cleaned up their diet and removed the offending gluten from their diet.
What is gluten? What is Celiac Disease?
Gluten is a family of proteins found in certain, not all, grains including wheat, rye, spelt and barley. Wheat is by far the most commonly consumed grain worldwide. The two main proteins in gluten are glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is responsible for most of the negative health effects, possibly inflammation of joints leading to joint-arthritis pain.
Gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity is the body’s inability to digest or break down the gluten protein in the grain containing it. This can range from mild gluten sensitivity to full-blown celiac disease. Celiac disease is a severe autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten consumption which damages the small intestine. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which creates problem on the ingestion of gluten including fatigue, abdominal pain and discomfort and pain in the joints and bones. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23936873
Will following a gluten-free diet ease arthritis? Is there a link between gluten and arthritis joint pain?
If you suffer from gluten sensitivity, but not from celiac disease, you may experience joint and bone pain. Going off grain and gluten can help towards a reduction in these pains.***
Wheat is gluten-rich and highly inflammatory, and thus can contribute to arthritis – joint pain.
For certain people, a diet free from dairy, legumes and grains eliminated painful arthritic pain in their hands. Then, as an experiment, they found that adding back grains containing gluten made the pain return. Several years of a strict gluten-free diet, an occasional slice of gluten-rich bread did no harm.
A grain-free diet can lead to magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is vitally important for optimal cardiovascular/heart health. In such a case, step up your intake of magnesium-rich foods including sesame seeds, dark leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, chard), avocados, bananas and nuts and seeds, especially sesame seeds. You can also take a wholefoods magnesium supplement when you can’t get hold of real food.
All said and done, gluten may be a cause of arthritis and joint pain for certain people. Others may follow a gluten-free diet and still suffer from joint-arthritis pain. In such a case, the cause of your inflammatory pain is something else. So stay diligent and try to find out what the cause may be. Your well being and even your very life itself may depend on it. You are worth that much, so go find out. NOW.
Helen Chow, ND