For those who live with Celiac disease, it can be really difficult to get through the day avoiding gluten. Gluten is something found in wheat products that connects them and makes them doughy. It is actually a protein, and some people have a sensitivity to it. While many avoid it for health reasons (it is present in many high carb, low nutrient foods), some avoid it because it makes their bodies go haywire.
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One of the bigger problems for people with Celiac disease is going to the bar. Most beer varieties have gluten in it, which makes it difficult for someone to just go out and have a good time. That was the problem that Hoon Sunwoo faced when he went out. His best friend had celiac disease, which is an autoimmune problem where the body actually fights against the gluten and sometimes forcibly expels it from the body. It also hinders the ability to absorb nutrients and can lead to dangerous results.
But his friend and people like him are in for a treat, according to Popular Science. Hoon Sunwoo, who is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Alberta, has spent a majority of the last 10 years developing a pill that his friend could take before drinking a beer so that he wouldn’t feel sick afterward.
The pill works in a bizarre way that will definitely need some more studying before it is approved officially. The antibodies in the bill come from egg yolk, and they coat the gluten as it passes through the person's digestive tract. The coating confuses the intestinal tract and doesn't cause a reaction in the body.
For the complete benefits of the pill, it should be taken about five minutes before eating and the effects should last about two hours. During that time, the user could chug beer or eat platefuls of pasta without worrying about adverse effects.
This isn't a cure for celiac, but it could be a way for those affected to improve their lives.
The pill, which was developed in part with the University of Alberta and the biotech company IGY Incorporated, completed the first part of a clinical trial about two months ago in Canada. So far, it has been safe. The developers plan to test the pill next year. The pill is estimated for a 2018 release, if all goes well.
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