Glutamine for Gastrointestinal Strength and Protection
I still have an old bottle of L-Glutamine on the shelf, used to use it to curb cravings for sweets and carbs. Here's an article telling how it supports and protects the gastrointestinal tract...
Glutamine (also called L-glutamine), one of the protein building blocks known as amino acids, promotes digestive health in several ways. It is the preferred fuel source of the cells that line the small intestine, where most nutrient absorption takes place. It is used to synthesize glutathione, a key antioxidant, and to help clear ammonia, a toxin that can throw off the body�s acid-base balance. What�s more, glutamine has shown an ability to protect the stomach against ulceration and to prevent stomach contents from backing up into the esophagus, which helps ease heartburn.
A number of studies support glutamine�s digestion-supportive properties. It has been found to help protect preterm babies against leaky gut (Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 10/11) as well as severely ill patients on feeding tubes. And glutamine�s ability to reduce ammonia levels has provided protection against stomach disorders associated with H. pylori, a microbe linked to ulcers, in animals (Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 1/10).
As important as glutamine is to intestinal health, it works best in combination with other nutrients. These include calcium, which helps buffer acidity, and antioxidants such as selenium and vitamins C and E, which fight free radicals. Beneficial microbes that normally inhabit the intestinal tract, known as probiotics, help turn dietary fat into fatty acids needed for a healthy mucosa. And whole-food concentrates have an alkalinizing effect that promotes proper digestion, which helps ease symptoms.
Glutamine is essential in the repair of intestinal lining in cases of Leaky Gut Syndrome. However, it is difficult for L-Glutamime to be absorbed into the body. The body does make glutamine, so it is not an essential amino acid.
Glutamine peptides may also be the answer to what scientists call the glutamine paradox. Glutamine has numerous possible benefits, but the paradox is that a large majority of ingested free form L glutamine does not actually make it into the blood stream and get into the muscle tissue. Anywhere from 50-85% of oral glutamine is used by the intestines, liver and immune system. The result is very few of the glutamine benefits related to muscle maintenance are actually realized. With glutamine peptides having a much higher rate of absorption, the benefits are more likely to be realized; hence the glutamine paradox may be solved. Glutamine peptides provide the same benefits as L glutamine and there are no adverse side effects of taking glutamine peptides. There have been rare reports of people having constipation and bloating with high doses of glutamine peptides. People with renal and liver failure should be very cautious in the use of glutamine peptide supplements. If you are pregnant or nursing you should avoid the use of oral glutamine peptide supplements unless directed by your doctor. https://mens-total-fitness.com/glutamine-peptides.html
Red Cabbage is considered the most dense vegetable form of L-glutamine.
The glutamine peptides can normally be found in sports drinks or whey.
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