Supplement Spotlight: L-Glutamine

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Supplement Spotlight: L-Glutamine

If you have leaky gut, you might want to know about L-Glutamine. For years it was used in the weight lifting world (in the form of glutamine powder) to burn fat, help people quickly lose weight, and build muscle. And small wonder: L-Glutamine is an amino acid and a building block of protein (it makes up 60 percent of your skeletal muscle and composes as much as 35 percent of the amino acid nitrogen in your blood).
While L-Glutamine does, indeed, give a boost to weight and fat loss and to muscle gain, researchers have learned that it also does much more. It provides benefits like supporting brain and digestive health, athletic performance, and these six other functions (from Dr. Axe‘s blog post L-Glutamine Benefits Leaky Gut & Metabolism):

  1. Improves gastrointestinal health
  2. Helps leaky gut and ulcers
  3. Boosts brain health
  4. Improves IBS and diarrhea
  5. Promotes muscle growth and decreases muscle wasting
  6. Improves athletic performance and recovery from endurance exercise

How does one amino acid do so many good things? In one of its many roles, L-Glutamine is a vital source of energy for the cells that make up the small intestine. It appears to heal and balance the digestive and muscular systems, providing necessary fuel and protection.

It’s also in short supply in the average American diet (natural sources include foods like spirulina, grass-fed beef and bone broth, Chinese cabbage, asparagus, some wild-caught fish, broccoli rabe, and venison). Dr. Axe recommends 2 to 5 grams twice daily, and up to 10 grams daily for elite, power athletes.

Read the entire article here. It’s well worth your time, especially if you suffer from leaky gut.


2018-06-27T23:40:25+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Brain Health, Recipes|