Twenty-two percent of American adults have turned to gluten free eating, according to the global market research agency Mintel. Just in the last two years alone, gluten free consumption increased by 63%, making it about an $8.8 billion market1.
Long before eating gluten free became trendy, Kirkman® manufactured its extensive line of nutritional supplements to be gluten free. Kirkman® made an early decision to eliminate gluten from all of its formulations to better serve our customers, many of whom have environmental sensitivities and special dietary requirements.
Gluten is a name for certain proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale. Some people can’t tolerate gluten, period, and may have medical conditions that require gluten abstinence.
More common are individuals who are sensitive to gluten. Have you ever eaten a plate of pasta or a piece of chocolate cake and felt sick afterwards? Likely something in the food caused your gastrointestinal distress, and many would name gluten as the most likely culprit.
In medicine, gluten sensitivity is a grey area. There is no definitive test for gluten sensitivity or defined set of symptoms. Common symptoms include gastric distress but many other symptoms have been linked to gluten intake, which has made the area difficult for researchers to study.
There’s also speculation because of a widely reported series of Australian studies, that “FODMAPS,” an acronym for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, may be causing symptoms reported as gluten related. FODMAPS are certain types of carbohydrates including wheat, lentils, and mushrooms that can draw water into the intestine and potentially ferment, causing digestive problems for some people3.
If after eating, you have frequent bouts of discomfort, you may want to eat gluten free for a period to see if your symptoms improve.
Help for Gluten Issues
All of the nutritional supplements that Kirman® manufactures are gluten free. For individuals who may have sensitivities to gluten or other ingredients, Kirkman® offers two categories of supplements formulated especially to aid in digestion and support a healthy gastrointestinal system. These are probiotics and enzymes, and coincidentally they also are Kirkman’s most popular gluten free products.
Probiotics are live organisms that support the growth of beneficial gastrointestinal flora (also known as microbiota). Our gut microbiota contains trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1,000 different species of known bacteria, some of which are beneficial to health (“good bacteria”) and some of which are not (“bad bacteria”).
Gastrointestinal health is compromised when the bad bacteria is present in sufficient quantities that they disturb the healthy balance of the micobiota. Supplementing with probiotics can keep the undesirable bacteria in check so that good bacteria can predominate in the gastrointestinal tract.
Kirkman® uses probiotic strains that have been extensively researched and clinically documented to be safe and effective.
In addition to being gluten free, Kirkman’s probiotics are also free of other common allergens, including casein, soy, corn, flavorings, colorings, gelatin, peanuts, fish and tree nuts.
Kirkman’s probiotics are also laboratory tested according to our rigorous “Ultra Tested” protocol, which requires that every ingredient in our probiotic formulations is tested for more than 950 environmental contaminants that include twenty-four heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, endocrine disruptors and other potentially harmful chemicals. No other manufacturer in the world offers this degree of purity testing.
Kirkman’s Gluten Free Probiotics Include:
- Acidophilus Probiotic Powder (0508-008)
- Bifido Complex™ Advanced Formula (0481-060)
- CD-Biotic™ (0395-090)
- Children’s Chewable Pro-Bio Gold™ Chocolate Wafers (0458-090)
- Lactobacillus Acidophillus (0316-120)
- Lactobacillus Duo™ (0386-090)
- Multi-Flora Spectrum (0485-060)
- Pro-Bio Defense™ (0463-090)
- Pro-Bio Gold™ (0442-060, 0442-120) Pro-Bio Gold™ w.Vitamin D-3 (0454-090)
- Pro-Bio™ Chewable Wafers (0344-090)
- Pro-Culture Gold™ (0341-120)
- Saccharomyces Boulardii (0240-100)
- Super Pro-Bio™ 75 Billion-Bio-Max Series (0345-060)
Click on the links for more details about the probiotic and how it functions in the body.
Enzymes are protein-based constituents of living organisms, plant and animal, that regulate the activities of all living cells.
The human body contains in excess of 3,000 different enzymes that function in chemical reactions, metabolism, digestion, immune response and many other body processes. Enzymes are considered catalysts of biochemical reactions. Each enzyme in the body has a very specific job to accomplish and never has multiple functions. If the enzyme necessary to catalyze a given reaction is not available, that reaction can’t take place.
Digestive enzymes are those enzymes found in the body that function as biological catalysts to begin the breakdown of foods so that the important nutrients in the food can be properly absorbed and utilized.
Kirkman’s enzyme formulations offer enzymes to help in the digestion of specific food groups as well as formulations that help digest many food groups. If an individual is uncertain as to what foods may be causing his or her gastrointestinal problems, or just for overall support in digestion, a broad spectrum enzyme is recommended.
All of Kirkman’s enzyme products are made from plant-derived enzymes and are encapsulated in all vegetarian capsules. In addition to being gluten free, Kirkman’s enzymes are also free of other common allergens including casein, soy, flavorings, colorings, gelatin, peanuts, fish and tree nuts.
Kirkman’s enzyme products are also laboratory tested according to our rigorous “Ultra Tested” protocol, which requires that every product is tested for more than 950 environmental contaminants that include 24 heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, endocrine disruptors and other potentially harmful chemicals.
Kirkman’s Gluten Free Enzymes Include:
- Biofilm Defense® (0881-060) Carb Digest™ with Isogest® (0933-120)
- Chewable EnZym-Complete/DPP-IV™ w/Isogest® Tablets (0934-090)
- DPP-IV Forte™ (0230-060)
- Enzym-Complete/DPP-IV™ (0234-060, 0234-120, 0234-200)
- Enzym-Complete/DPP-IV™ II w/Isogest® (0931-090, 0931-180)
- Enzym-Aid™ Multi-Enzyme Complex (0043-180) Maximum Spectrum Enzym-Complete/DPP-IV™ Fruit Free w/Isogest® (0932-120)
- Phenol Assist™ (0835-090)
Click on the links for more details about the enzyme and how it functions in the body.
1 Gluten-free foods surge 63% in last two years | Mintel.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/gluten-free-foods-surge-63-percent
3 Think you’re gluten-sensitive? It might really be FODMAPs. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://washingonpost.com/national/health-science/before-you-conclude-that-youre-gluten-sensitive-consider-fodmaps-foods/2015/02/09/a66349fa-6c19-11e4-a31c-77759fc1eacc_story.html