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Most Probiotic Supplements Contain Gluten

Celiac.com 06/08/2015 - Many people with celiac disease take probiotic supplements to aid with digestion and improve gut health.

Photo: CC--Ryan SnyderHowever, a new study reveals that many popular probiotics actually contain traces of gluten, which is worrying for people who may have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Researchers at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center used a detection technique called liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to analyze 22 popular, high-selling probiotics and measure gluten content. The team found that more than half of them (55%) contained gluten, including products labeled "gluten-free," according to research presented on May 16 at Digestive and Disease Week in Washington DC.

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For reasons doubtless including liability, the team did not list the names of the brands or products they tested. It is safe to assume that these would include major, easily accessible brands.

These revelations may be unsurprising, given recent reports about gluten contamination in dietary supplements.

So, if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, and take probiotic supplements, be sure to double-check your products; they may contain traces of gluten.


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Rick
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15 Jun 2015 7:17:13 AM PDT
What I find confusing with a lot of these supplements is how some will just say "Wheat Free" rather than "Gluten Free" while others will say "Gluten Free" only to have "Made in a facility that also produces wheat products" on the other side of the label.

 
Laura
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15 Jun 2015 10:51:38 AM PDT
Not sure how you are supposed to "double check your probiotics for traces of gluten", if they are already labeled gluten free.

 
JeanneA
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15 Jun 2015 1:59:39 PM PDT
This whole thing has made me so angry. Can you imagine a report saying that many brands of an important supplement for cancer patients contains something dangerous---a toxin, a carcinogen---but not naming the brands. I just can't believe that the brands aren't made public. So unfair. I tried to immediately stop taking the 2 probiotics I take regularly, but immediately had problems so went back on them. There's no way of knowing if they're doing silent damage.

 
Rima
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15 Jun 2015 4:59:42 PM PDT
Interesting article. I for one cannot take probiotics. Ever time I take a probiotic I inadvertently become sick with all the 'usual' gluten symptoms. I've tried three different brands and all caused a problem. I then consulted my doctor, she prescribed another brand that they use in hospitals (quite costly) sure enough, sick again. So, no more probiotics for me. This is an absolute disgrace.

 
Sam
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15 Jun 2015 8:33:48 PM PDT
This article is misleading. Only 22 probiotics were tested. 55% of those 22 contained gluten. This does NOT mean that "MOST" probiotics contain gluten.

 
Stan
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15 Jun 2015 9:13:19 PM PDT
How do we "double-check your products" when the story said some the ones with gluten were labeled "gluten-free" ?

 
Nancy Maurer
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01 Jul 2015 5:33:53 AM PDT
I agree. It would be nice if there was a list of the products that contain trace amounts of gluten

 
gloria
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15 Jun 2015 9:46:35 PM PDT
Interesting article. However it says to double check the labels and yet the article states that although they say gluten free studies show some of them contain gluten. So what good does it do to check the labels. One can't believe what they read or what?

 
James
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15 Jun 2015 10:47:56 PM PDT
So if they said gluten free on the label, but tested positive for gluten how am I suppose to "Double-Check" ? If I can't trust the label I don't know how I can find out.

 
Ruby
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16 Jun 2015 7:56:46 AM PDT
Why no mention of either ConsumerLab.com or the 1994 Dietary Health and Supplementation Act, a supplement industry law passed after a Republican takeover of Congress. The 1994 DHSA basically banned the FDA from testing supplements as a routine matter. No private agency has the scope and power to test all dietary supplements. There are groups like the GMP, but these are paid for by industry.

As for the supplements company's desire for a good reputation as a means to keep them honest, how are we to know without widespread, nonprofit testing? Maybe you could tell something if you only took one single supplement every day. But you would only know if the supplement damaged your body. Read the Wikipedia article on Tryptophan to learn about Eosinophlia Myalgia Syndrome, and outbreak that permanently damaged to muscles of at least 1600 people and caused the deaths of others. It was caused by contamination produced in tryptophan supplements by use of a genetically engineered bacteria.

 
Ann
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16 Jun 2015 8:55:27 PM PDT
The "national" brands are confusing. I take Probulin, developed by a pair of gastroenterologists in Kansas. One of the GI docs wrote the book, "Probiotics for Dummies." Considering this all comes from a couple of docs in Kansas, it probably won't make it to any list of probiotics that are truly GF. Too bad.

 
Cookiey
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19 Jun 2015 5:40:40 AM PDT
Now what, how about you giving us a list of what brands we can take!!!!!

 
Miki
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13 Jul 2015 7:27:31 PM PDT
I take probiotic 10-20 through vita cost.they are gluten free
Vita cost is pretty inexpensive! Hope this helps

 
sheila
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26 Oct 2015 9:25:36 PM PDT
yes I agree with everyone, having celiac makes one more cautious but if one cannot believe the labeling perhaps one has to contact either the manufacturer or lobby the government FDA in the States and in Canada CFIA.




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Wish I could give you a hug. Unfortunately I know how that feels with Neurologists, Internists, Endocrinologists, Rheumatologists, GIs..... I got so tired of crying my drive home after refusing yet another script for Prozac. I do hope your GI can give you some answers even if it is just to rule out other possible issues. Keep on the gluten and we are here for you.

It is too bad that so often a full panel isn't done. Glad your appointment got moved up and hopefully you will get a clearer answer from the GI. Do keep eating gluten until the celiac testing is done. Once the testing is done do give the diet a good strict try. Hang in there.

That makes sense...I cried with relief when I got my diagnosis just because there was finally an answer. Please know that you are not weak or crazy. Keep pushing for testing. It could still be celiac, it could be Crohns. Push your Dr's to figure this out. Best wishes.

Thank you all very much. I actually cried when I got the answer. I wanted an explanation that I could "fix." Now I'm back to thinking I'm just weak and possibly crazy. I know I'm not crazy, but you know.

From what I have read online there is about a 1-3% chance of getting a false positive for celiac disease from a blood test. Was it a blood test that you got done? It may be worth your while to get a biopsy or more testing just to confirm it. I know being gluten free is a pain but it is better than getting cancer or other auto immune disorders.