Why are Lectins problematic For People with Thyroid Disorders and Autoimmune Disease?
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Lectins are problematic because they are sticky molecules that can bind to the linings of human tissue.
Many food lectins can interact with and damage the delicate lining of the small intestine and lead to a “leaky gut” via inflammation of the microvilli (the finger like projections of the intestinal cell that increase surface area for better nutrient absorption). Certain viruses, parasites,bacteria can accomplish the same task (creating inflammation) due to lectins they contain as well.
Because the lectins can damage the intestinal villi, they have the ability to enter and circulate throughout the bloodstream.
Once they enter the bloodstream, they can bind to any tissue in the body — thyroid, pancreas, collagen in joints, Nerve tissue and cause an inflammatory immune attack on the above mentioned tissues.
This binding can disrupt the function of that tissue and cause white blood cells and the immune system to attack the lectin-bound tissue, destroying it.
This is an autoimmune response. The lectins in wheat for example, are specifically known to be involved in Rheumatoid arthritis.
It was once thought that simply soaking beans, grains and other lectins eliminated their ability to damage the intestinal lining. This is no longer being accepted and is being challenged by many.
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