Are enzyme supplements effective?
A number of enzyme supplements are available to buy in health food shops or online. Some of these supplements claim to break down gluten when they are taken with foods, and are marketed to people with coeliac disease and/or gluten sensitivity.
There has not been enough research from controlled clinical trials to show the effects of these supplements. When challenged, the manufacturers of these supplements have not been able to show us any conclusive evidence of their benefit, to recommend their use.
Not following the gluten free diet can lead to symptoms in the short term, and further complications in the long term. If you are diagnosed with coeliac disease it is important to follow a strict gluten free diet.
Professor Frits Koning from Leden University, The Netherlands presented at our 2015 research conference on this topic. He discusses enzyme supplements and shows that many enzyme preparations available in health food shops, claiming to break down gluten, do not eliminate the toxic fragments of gluten for people with coeliac disease.
Find out more by watching this video from our research conference 2015.