gluten does not have a libido, of
course. The libido problem may occur
in those of us who eat gluten when
we shouldn't be.
study from Hormone Research in
that levels of the hormone prolactin
in those with celiac disease
decreases after a short course on a
gluten free diet.
Prolactin's most recognized role in
the body is that of stimulating
lactation, although it has over 300
other functions. Increased levels
can lead to estrogen
deficiency, anovulatory infertility,
disruption of the menstrual cycle,
unexpected lactation, loss of libido
in women, and erectile dysfunction,
plus loss of libido in men.
researchers of the study aimed to
assess the prolactin levels in newly
diagnosed pediatric celiac disease
patients and, if found to be
elevated beyond normal ranges (a
condition known as
hyperprolactinemia), observe what
would happen if they were put on a
6-month long gluten free diet. The
results showed that a gluten free
diet helped decrease levels of
Steve: The next
phase of prolactin research should
be performed in subjects that are
neither gluten intolerant nor
celiac, to see if prolactin levels
are still elevated. If confirmed,
this would further define the
negative aspects of glutenous foods.
if you have never seen what gluten
looks like, it is pictured above.
Imagine your digestive system trying
to break that down!