Does Gluten Trigger the Morphine Receptors in Your Brain

by Cathy Bathme

Does wheat gluten really affect the morphine receptors in one's brain therefore making the consumption of it habit-forming?

P.S. I have just learned that up to 70% of the population has gluten sensitivities. I read a book about milk intolerance which stated roughly the same 70-80% of the population to be affected.

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Short Answer is Yes..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Cathy,

The short answer is YES, the long answer is NO.
Gluten doesn't actually 'affect the receptors' in your brain, the undigested gluten actually converts into morphine-like substances called 'Gluteomorphins'- undigested milk protein (casein) can convert into caseomorphins.

So, while you are correct that it ends up effecting the brain, it's not that it 'affects' the brain, it's that it converts to morphine in your digestive tract and is then absorbed.

That's why vegetables are almost never 'comfort food' but foods like grandma's coffee cake and warm milk at bedtime make us feel so good- we get into a state of 'bliss' much as if we were smoking opium, but to a lesser degree. Not good for you and hard to break the addiction. It's much better to get off of gluten, milk and sugar 'cold turkey' as if you were trying to stop smoking or drinking alcohol.

They are all addictions, but gluten and milk are just more socially acceptable and even considered 'healthy'. But they are FAR from healthy..

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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