Updated March 2020
Why Are Lectins So Problematic For People with Thyroid Disorders, Chronic Pain and Autoimmune Disease?
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Lectins are a family of proteins found in almost all foods, especially beans and grains.
Lectins in plants are a defense against microorganisms, pests, and insects. They may also have evolved as a way for seeds to remain intact as they passed through animals’ digestive systems, for later dispersal- This is why Lectins are poorly digested.
But why are eating lectins so problematic for people with Thyroid disease, Rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases? The answer to that lies in something known as leaky gut.
Lectins are problematic because they are sticky molecules that can bind to the linings of human tissue. This poses problems for those with genetic predisposition towards autoimmune diseases.
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).
Because the lectins can damage the intestinal villi leading to leaky gut, 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, nuts, seeds and grains eliminated the lectins content. This is no longer accepted and is being challenged by man. Lectins cause damage to the intestinal lining.
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