L-Glutamine Deficiency Signs & Supplement Benefits

By Jackie Cartier
July 1, 2017

You may ask yourself, would L-glutamine help me? If you have the following symptoms, taking L-glutamine could be beneficial:

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  • Sugar or alcohol cravings
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Poor immune system
  • Low muscle mass
  • Poor wound healing
  • Slow recovery after workouts

L-glutamine is one of the most important nutrients for a healthy digestive tract because of its ability to maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall. This amino acid (in fact it’s the most abundant amino acid in the body) heals all tissue in the body, especially those irritated tissues in the digestive tract. It is also known as the calming amino acid since it’s very effective at reducing anxiety, as well as sugar and alcohol cravings.

At Nutritional Weight & Wellness we always look for real food sources first. For this important amino acid, we’re lucky that all animal protein foods are great sources of glutamine. The long list includes beef, bison, chicken, fish, free-range eggs, grass-fed dairy, lamb, pork and turkey. However, if you or someone in your family isn’t eating sufficient amounts of animal protein and/or has the above symptoms we recommend taking a glutamine supplement. 

 A 2011 study published in the Yonsei Medical Journal found that glutamine supports the immune system and is especially beneficial for patients in the hospital and those fighting viruses or overwhelming infections. (Kim, 2011) Clinically, we have found that our clients looking for better digestion and fewer cravings have greatly benefited from an L-glutamine supplement.

If you have anxiety, sugar or alcohol cravings, constipation or diarrhea, a poor immune system, low muscle mass, poor wound healing or slow recovery after workouts, you may want to supplement with L-glutamine.  July is a great time to try L-Glutamine since it’s 15% off all month long. L-Glutamine comes in two forms; pick whichever works for you, capsules or powder, both are on sale this month. If you already take it, stock up!

References

  1. Kim, H. A. National Institutes of Health, US National Library of Medicine, (2011). Glutamine as an immunonutrient (PMCID: PMC3220259). Retrieved from Yonsei Medical Journal website: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22028151

About the author

Jackie Cartier is Content Strategy Manager for Nutritional Weight & Wellness. She was once a client, seeking natural solutions to her achy runner knees and hormonal imbalances. From then she was hooked and eventually ended up on their team, spreading the real food message on the blog and through social media. 

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Comments

MARCIA SAMMONS
Would L-Glutamine be beneficial for someone with Colitis?
July 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

admin

Yes it absolutely can. We typically recommend 2 capsules or 1/4-1/2 tsp before each meal to support gut healing.

Shelly
Hi - if you are trying to reduce sugar and alcohol cravings how much L-Glutamine should you be taking? thanks.
July 7, 2017 at 8:31 am

admin

We typically recommend 2 capsules or 1/4-1/2 tsp before each meal to help reduce cravings. 

Tony
Hi, I'm 44 and having moderate ddd, degenerative disc disease, can this supplement help the health of my joints? Thanks
August 4, 2017 at 6:45 am

admin

L glutamine is a vital nutrient for a healthy digestive tract because of its ability to maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall.  So it could inadvertently help you to absorb the nutrients needed to support Bone and connective tissue.

A good healthy diet with adequate protein, lots of healthy vegetables supported by healthy fat is always the best approach to support joints and discs.

It's always good to make an appoint with it with a nutritionist  if you are concerned that your intestinal health is compromised.

Jennifer
Couple Questions: What is the recommended dosage typically? Is this safe for pregnant women? Is this a long term supplement or just one to restore levels?
August 18, 2017 at 10:31 pm

admin

We think it’s safe, as does Dr. Amy Myers, but it's always a good idea to check with your practitioner. For dosage we’d suggest 2,000 to 4,000 mg a day, usually used short term to help with healing and cravings, though some do use it long term. 

Marcia Sammons
What can a person with Colitis do if they dont eat raw vegetables, only cooked and not a wide variety?
August 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

admin

The answers are very unique to each person, we'd encourage you to consider an phone or in-person appointment with one of our nutritionists

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