Gluten-free diet relieves 'brain fog' in patients with Celiac disease

June 16, 2014

Individuals with celiac disease often experience 'brain fog' in addition to intestinal problems, but a new study shows that adhering to a gluten-free diet can lead to improvements in cognition that correlate with the extent of intestinal healing.

The Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics findings indicate that ridding the diet of gluten may help address problems that patients can experience related to attention, memory, and other mental tasks.

"The study outcomes highlight the importance for individuals with celiac disease of maintaining a gluten-free diet not just for physical well-being but also for mental well-being," said senior author Dr. Greg Yelland.

Explore further: Most with celiac disease unaware of it, others go gluten-free without diagnosis

More information: Lichtwark, I. T., Newnham, E. D., Robinson, S. R., Shepherd, S. J., Hosking, P., Gibson, P. R. and Yelland, G. W. (2014), Cognitive impairment in coeliac disease improves on a gluten-free diet and correlates with histological and serological indices of disease severity. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. DOI: 10.1111/apt.12809

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