Coeliac disease in adolescents has been associated with an increased prevalence of depressive and disruptive behavioural disorders, particularly in the phase before diet treatment.
Source:BMC Psychiatry 2005, 5:14
Gluten Free Society’s Stance:This study sheds light on a couple of key gluten induced abnormalities.
- Gluten can elevate prolactin levels leading to a suppression of dopamine causing menstrual cycle dysfunction in women and erectile dysfunction in men. Prolactin also plays a role in the immune modulation of the gut.
- Gluten increases the inflammatory chemical interferon gamma. This chemical causes irregularities in tryptophan and serotonin metabolism thus altering gut and brain function.