Glutamine is an amino acid and has a role in protein synthesis, the regulation of the kidneys, cellular energy, anabolic processes, carbon donation, and a transporter of ammonia in the blood stream. Muscle mass produces most of the body’s glutamine but is also released in lesser amounts by the brain and lungs. The liver also has a regulatory role of glutamine taking up large amounts derived from the gut. Glutamine is mostly used by the intestine cells, kidney cells and immune cells.
Use of Glutamine
Glutamine is useful in the treatment of;
- serious illnesses,
- side effects to the treatment of cancer,
- wound healing,
- muscle growth,
- recovery after surgery,
- intestinal repair,
- blood sugar levels,
- fat metabolism,
- regulating carbohydrate and protein,
- brain and nerve functions,
- preventing lactic acid build up,
- joint and soft tissue maintenance.
Sources of glutamine
Glutamine can be found in beef, fish, eggs, chicken, dairy products, milk, beets, wheat, cabbage, parsley, spinach and beans as well as small traces in vegetable juice and fermented foods. You can also find it as a supplement in pill form from your local health store.
L-Glutamine for leaky gut syndrome
In studies looking at the benefits of L-Glutamine it has been found to help with the intestinal function including looking after the gut barrier and cell differentiation. This means taking L-Glutamine for leaky gut syndrome can help by repairing any damage to the gut wall, stopping candida and impartially digested food from entering the blood stream. L-Glutamine for leaky gut syndrome has cleansing properties too though how effective that is depends on the concentration of glutamine involved.
L-Glutamine for leaky gut syndrome also aids with allergies, sweet cravings, and other candida overgrowth symptoms. Even if the damage has been long term caused by the candida, L-Glutamine for leaky gut syndrome is absorbed by the intestinal cells helping to return them to their normal function, for some within a few weeks, for others several months.
Dosage for taking L-Glutamine for leaky gut syndrome
Take 1 capsule of 500mg three times a day. Also available as a tasteless powder that can be dissolved in water.
Comments from users of L-Glutamine
‘I’ve been on L-Glutamine for about a month now and I have noticed a few beneficial factors with this supplement. First of all I have noticed that my energy levels have greatly increased and it gives me a nice feeling of wellbeing and a feeling of good health. It does slightly upset my stomach but maybe I am taking too much at a time I have more regular bowel movements but I wouldn’t say it has helped much with the stomach pain I suffer from due to my IBS.’
‘I have suffered with IBS (constipation) for at least four years. I was officially diagnosed two years ago. I’ve tried many different medications and elimination diets but nothing helped for any length of time. A few months ago I decided to see a naturopathic doctor. She started me on L-Glutamine powder in a smoothie every day. It’s been two months now and I’m feeling about 60 to 70% better. She said I should expect at least one month for every year I’ve had this problem for my healing to be complete. I will continue to use L-Glutamine and strive to feel 100% better soon.’