Gluten-Free Diet Helps Celiac Patients with “Brain Fog”

Poor memory, difficulty thinking clearly, difficulty finding the right word, and poor concentration — often referred to as “Brain fog” — are often experienced by celiac disease patients. A new study suggests that adopting a gluten-free diet seems to improve these symptoms as the intestines heal. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye that causes intestinal inflammation. Scientists found that when celiac patients removed gluten from their diet, they scored better for attention, memory, and other functions on assessment tests. Study author Dr. Greg Yelland adds, “Maintaining a gluten-free diet is essential not only for [celiac patients’] physical well-being, but for mental well-being also.”

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, June 2014