"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

What is glutamine and why is it beneficial

Lisa Cutforth - Friday, May 10, 2013

L-Glutamine is an amino acid and actually a pretty abundant one, it is used extensively by the body and readily available in the diet.  But time and time again I read about it's health merits and so I thought it was high time I did a blog post on the benefits of glutamine (L-glutamine)! 

Glutamine is most commonly known for or associated with "body building" and supplementation.  However, glutamine is much more relevant than that.  It is a key player in many important body roles and functions.

Despite being so abundant and accessible, in certain cases glutamine can become depleted from muscle stores and can become conditionally essential (which means we can no longer make it, we need to get it from our diet). It is relatively easy to get glutamine from your diet but in special cases I have often recommended the supplement in clinical practice for my clients.  For example clients with leaky gut or candida overgrowth, because of glutamine's role in gut repair.  I have also used it with my elite sports clients for it's role in increasing stamina and performance.  Glutamine is used by the muscles during exercise so replenishing it afterwards can help with muscle fatigue and muscle repair (and therefore muscle growth).

I was interested to read in a recent article in the Yonsei Medical Journal published on the National Centre for Biotechnology Information website that....

"Dietary supplementation with nutrients enhancing immune function is beneficial in patients with surgical and critical illness. Malnutrition and immune dysfunction are common features in hospitalized patients. Specific nutrients with immunological and pharmacological effects, when consumed in amounts above the daily requirement, are referred to as immune-enhancing nutrients or immunonutrients. Supplementation of immunonutrients is important especially for patients with immunodeficiency, virus or overwhelming infections accompanied by a state of malnutrition. Representative immunonutrients are arginine, omega-3 fatty acids, glutamine, nucleotides, beta-carotene, and/or branched-chain amino acids.  Even though immunonutrition has not been widely assimilated by clinicians other than nutritionists, immunonutrients including glutamine may exert beneficial influence on diverse patient populations.  In general, glutamine supplementation reduces the rate of infection, inflammation, length of hospital stay, and mortality, and improves gut barrier function and immune function, especially cell-mediated immunity in critically ill patients."

The research does caution that inappropriate use of immunonutrients may be potentially harmful, but certainly immunonutrition if used in close communication and information between clinicians and nutrition specialists could potentially be very effective, even life saving.  (In terms of safe supplementation, always do so under guidance by a nutrition specialist, but typically up to as much as 10mg orally has been found to be safe, however intravenous delivery has sometimes been reported to have negative effects on the liver.)

You can of course get L-Glutamine from your diet. Foods that are naturally rich in glutamine include: meat (like chicken and eggs), dairy (like yoghurt and ricotta cheese), vegetables (like spinach, cabbage and parsley, preferably raw forms). (Extra tip: If you are after optimal health always choose organic animal products.)

Source: Glutamine as an immunonutrient, HyeYoung Kim.Yonsei Med J. 2011 November 1; 52(6): 892–897. Published online 2011, October 20, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3220259/

 

Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image

Trackback Link
http://ivegotlife.com.au/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=2786&PostID=337867&A=Trackback
Trackbacks
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Tags

is sugar bad memory reducing coffee cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia control empty your mind what is a good breakfast drugfree alternatives how to get more of exercise feels good gift trans fats reasons to eat foods in season fruit and vegetable shortage recipe avoiding a choice immune system lunch obesity alzheimers the tummy beast relationship with food how to love exercise soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity dancing prostate cancer Alan Pease cholesterol lowering diet focus quick recipes hunger and stress cooking class in brisbane Add new tag addicted to chocolate are grains healthy breakfast Sensational quizz nutritionist make stress work for you dance nutrition four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication healthy cooking party cooking with allergies healthy shopping list benefits of sleeping quick eating solutions 10 % principle new year's resolutions mood real food healthy cooking demonstration happiness course skipping meals time management and healthy living food intolerances diet diary of a nutritionist health for busy people comfort pig allergies fruit healthy fast food, healthy take away fresh low calorie meal plan brain health weight benefits of strength training, why you should strength train leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut best exercise nutritious cooking comfort foods childrens lunch boxes Laughter and stress Nutritional Therapist taking a break indigestion mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo christmas improve your memory Happiness herbal toothpaste seasonal quick and tasty recipes sensitivity to milk taking responsibility Lactose intolerance benefits to keeping a diet diary ability to respond recipies healthy shopping I don't get hungry motivation energy maintain a healthy weight, underweight life ways to improve prostate health corporate wellness soft drink and behaviour problems sexy salad how to be happy overindulge sexy salads celebrate life do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources what is healthy food fun healthy cooking parties comfort eating blood pressure performance ask my doctor Nina Simone health one step at a time skip meals love, loneliness natural toothpaste low calorie diet food allergies music sugar and adhd diet diary have fun in the kitchen stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress weightloss muscle wasting how to check your breasts food sensitivities muffins how to say no health pioneers breast cancer awareness organic vegetables simple 7 day detox plan heart foundation tick explained recipes for allergies fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys nutritionists diet diary nutritionist in brisbane healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options success and you life choices 7 steps to detox I've Got Life happiness workshop relax homocysteine support your body what is movember how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results anxiety life lessons fresh start sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas great second hand books nutritious dangers of multitasking while you eat Egg allergy soft drink and behavior problems immune boosting tips fatigue gluten intolerance Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah making time to relax how to avoid injury during exercise weight loss image heart disease is chocolate bad for me have more energy wrong type of exercise, exercise and results detox to know and not do is not yet to know high cholesterol delicious salad sugar and add low cholesterol assertiveness pop-eye and spinach keep focused strength increasing energy breast cancer prevention love food 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart libido calorie controlled diet Cancer health with 10 % effort are frozen veggies any good go for 2 and 5 fussy eaters which is better for you butter or margarine should I eat organic veggies Lisa's Diary getting fit the power to choose foods in season, seasonal recipes natural alternatives to drugs health

Archive