First off, what is gluten?
Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, spelt, barley, durum, kamut, bulgar, and *some oats*. Within gluten, there is a protein called “gliadin” which is largely responsible for its bad reputation. ‘Glu’-ten actually creates a sticky GLUE-like substance when passing through the gut and can create severe inflammation of the gut mucosa, atrophy of the intestinal villi, increased gut permeability (food particles can leak out of the gut!), and malabsorption of nutrients. Not only can all of these things make you feel absolutely terrible - like for example it can cause: bloating, diarrhea/constipation, abdominal pain, headaches, fatigue, skin concerns, depression, unexplained weight loss, brain fog, joint/muscle pain and autoimmune disorders. But also, NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY and HAIR LOSS! This is especially true if you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease or have some form or gluten intolerance or sensitivity. That being said, there is no way we’d be contaminating our formula with something that could be contributing to hair loss and thinning itself!
All of our HAIRtamin formulas are certified gluten-free and easily tolerated by anyone suffering from both celiac disease and gluten intolerance or sensitivity.
So, what does it mean to be Certified Gluten-Free?
“Gluten-free certification is a process designed to protect consumers with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders by confirming that a food, drink or supplement meets strict standards for gluten-free safety.” - beyondceliac.org
Certification ensures that a unbiased third party enforces a system of checks and balances while eliminating any potential conflict of interest between all parties involved. Annual audits are done to examine entire practices and the production process of the facility - this includes: ingredient sourcing and employee training, cleaning practices, cross-contact controls, operational management, and end-to-end testing plan.
Gluten-free certification can only be given to facilities that continue to meet strict manufacturing practices for gluten-free production. If a food or product carries the “certified gluten-free” seal on its label, it’s required by law to have less than 20 parts per million of gluten. This means safety for most people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
Essentially, this certification means a lot and companies that have gone through the extreme measures of getting it (it’s costly and also labour intensive) - are very motivated to uphold it.
So, rest assured, your favorite HAIRtamin products proudly carry the gluten-free seal!