040 – Gluten Sensitivity – Interview with Dave Barton from Enzymedica

Enzyme Supplementation for Gluten Intolerance

Dave BartonStatistics indicate that as much as 15% of the world’s population experiences digestive intolerance to gluten proteins. Gluten is the main protein complex of wheat. In many cases, the body cannot break down these proteins. Undigested or partially digested proteins can affect a wide range of human cell function, which may result in uncomfortable reactions to foods containing gluten. Although primarily found in grains including wheat, barley spelt and rye, gluten may also be present in medication, cosmetics and foods which have been cross-contaminated with gluten.

In this interview, Dave Barton discusses the range of gluten digestive challenges and how consumers with this issue can improve their digestion of gluten.  He discusses the importance of gluten avoidance and the benefits of digestive enzyme support for those who face these challenges. Gluten intolerance is just one of the many digestive issues that can be helped by digestive enzymes. Specifically, we discuss GlutenEase 2X, the enzyme formula that provides double the digesting power of foods containing gluten.

Dave has a Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Nutrition and is the Director of Education at Enzymedica. As a national educator, he is responsible for answering any questions people have about the digestive and therapeutic use of enzyme products. David also writes and speaks about nutritional wellness and lifestyle to retail staff and consumers of natural health products. For more information on GlutenEase and other enzymes visit www.enzymedica.com and enzymestuff.com.

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1 Dj September 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I bought my first bottle and it seemed to help. I bought second bottle and noticed pills looked larger and had more potent smell upon opening. I took the first pill as a precaution and felt a little nauseous that I didn’t want to finish eating. After an hour my stomach hurt and I got sick. I thought it was food that time since I was eating out. A few weeks later, I took a pill after I had my appetizer at a familiar restaurant. I could not eat my main meal because my stomach felt like it was burning and later I got sick 5 times over 3 hour time frame… even though there was nothing left to bring up after the 3rd time! I think formula did change as pills are bigger than before. It was sickness and stomach pain, heartburn, more so than any gluten allergic reaction. I threw them in the trash.


2 Steve Lankford September 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

It is always a concern when someone has this kind of experience. There are many possible explanation of what may be the issue. It is too bad you threw the product away because the product could have been returned and tested. Good companies like Enzymedica take safety very seriously and I know if you had contacted them they would have worked with you to figure out the issue. For future reference, when you have any issue with a product you have purchased, you should always feel comfortable contacting both the store where purchased and/or the company itself. They could help you determine if the product had changed, if you bought the wrong product, or if the product was mislabeled or in some other way contaminated. I’m sorry it’s too late to dig more into your response. You may still wish to contact Enzymedica and discuss your experience with their trained staff. They are committed to helping resolve your concerns. If you do follow through let me know what you discover.


3 Liz April 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Is there any reason the Glutenease 2x would make me nauseous? It never did when I took it before, but this week anytime I taken one I start to feel sick within 10 minutes. It’s so weird! Any thoughts?


4 Steve Lankford April 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

I have not heard of this as a common issue. I don’t know why this should occur since you have been able to take it previously. I suggest you contact Enzymedica.com and pose you question to them. It is possible that the formula has changed or they may have records that some people have issues. Unfortunately I am not aware of any issues so I can’t help. Good luck.

You could try reducing the dose and seeing if that helps or stop taking it for a few days and then reintroducing it to see if there is a difference. You will have to play detective.


5 Evelyn Lyons March 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Please show the proportion of enzymes in your product.

My doctor has prescribed Creon which contains the following enzymes:
Lipase 24.000 units
Protease 76,000 units
Amylase 120,000 units

Dosage: 2 capsules before every meal; 1 capsule before a snack.

I note that your product is appropriate for people with gluten sensivity, but not for those with celiac disease. What is the difference?

Evelyn Lyons


6 Steve Lankford March 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm

FYI: This is not my product. The manufacturer is Enzymedica. If you go to their website you can see the formula.
The product is designed for those with a gluten sensitivity. Celiac is a more serious condition that involves gluten intolerance. The product may be helpful, but it should not be considered as a treatment for celiac. If it is helpful, I see know reason why you couldn’t use it, but I suggest you discuss it with your doctor.


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