L-Glutamine: Nutrient Profile
Supplements can be confusing. How do you know what to supplement and what to forgo? That’s my inspiration for the next few posts. Here in the blog, and on Facebook Live, I plan to highlight a few nutrients that I believe are helpful for me to supplement and why you may want to consider them. The first powerhouse nutrient is L-Glutamine, which is an amino acid. An amino acid is a building block of protein. You can find it in veggies as well as in meats and dairy. Here are a few benefits, what I choose to take and how to evaluate if it’s for you.
Benefits of L-Glutamine:
L-glutamine has a long list of health benefits. Some include: it supports blood sugar regulation, helps to prevent and rebuild a leaky gut (ease digestive distress), supports neurological function (mood, concentration, memory), promotes muscles, improves athletic endurance, curbs cravings for sugar/alcohol, improves diabetes, improves metabolism and even helps to fight cancer. Right about now you might be thinking, ‘wow! it sounds too good to be true!’ They key to remember with supplements though, is not that they are miracle pills but they support the body’s function. With age, and in the stressful world in which we live now, we need all the support we can get!
How to take L-Glutamine:
As mentioned, you can get L-Glutamine in foods too. Foods high in L-Glutamine include bone broth, fermented cabbage, spirulina, cottage cheese, asparagus, broccoli raab, and wild-caught fish to name few.
I take a powdered version of L-Glutamine that is easily added to my veggie-based green smoothies without even knowing it’s there. It’s called GI Natural Wellness (you can get it here, tell them I sent you in the comments and get a FREE GIFT). I like this version because it’s whole-food based, includes enzymes and probiotics and has 4,000 mg of L-Glutamine. I take it to support digestion and help with blood sugar regulation. The dosage recommendations I found were from 3-5 grams per day and the 4,000 mg fits well as it is equal to 4 grams.
Is L-Glutamine for You?
All nutrition is bio-individual, so you really have to evaluate if this or any other nutrient you supplement is right for you at this time. I did find that while most tolerate L-Glutamine very well those who are also deficient in B vitamins (B6, B12, riboflavin, folate and zinc and magnesium) may experience anxiety and irritability with L-Glutamine. This reaction was called “rare” but it’s good to be aware of whenever adding something to your system.
To sum up, L-Glutamine is a nutritional powerhouse for me regarding blood sugar and digestion, two of the biggest factors to supporting optimal health! Blood sugar and digestion happen to be two of the biggest factors we work on in the 5-week class I teach called The RESTART® Program. Click here to get the powdered version of L-Glutamine I take.