fbpx

Glutamine: The Powerful Amino Acid for the Gut

Glutamine: The Powerful Amino Acid for the Gut

L-glutamine is an amino acid that is broken down from proteins. It is actually the most abundant amino acid in body and makes up 60% of our muscles. You may have heard some athletes take it to help build muscle and recover from their workouts. Taking extra L-glutamine can help increase muscle mass, allow you to burn more fat, and aid in healing sore muscles after exercise. But because the organs in your body are lined with muscles, there is more to L-glutamine than that.

Your intestinal lining actually uses L-glutamine as fuel to create a strong surface for digestion and absorption. Supplementing with L-glutamine is the most effective treatment to heal the gut lining for those suffering from leaky gut, malabsorption, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s, Ulcerative colitis). It tightens the open junctions that occur in a patient with these diagnoses and triggers them to create more mucus needed for proper digestion.

L-glutamine is also important for the immune system. The intestinal lining houses key immune molecules called immunoglobulin. Feeding it with l-glutamine allows for a stronger immune system to protect us from toxins and infections.

You can naturally get L-glutamine from the following sources:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale)
  • Miso
  • Brussel sprouts

Written by CentreSpringMD

CentreSpring MD, formerly known as Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, provides the best medical care by using an integrative approach to find a patient’s centre—their core—empowering them to spring forth into health.

About

Book an appointment

At CentreSpringMD, we do medicine differently. Our focus is on giving you hope and your life back. Our team of dedicated board-certified providers relentlessly pursue your health until you have the answers that you deserve to change the trajectory of your health—and your life.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Glutamine: The Powerful Amino Acid for the Gut

L-glutamine is an amino acid that is broken down from proteins. It is actually the most abundant amino acid in body and makes up 60% of our muscles.

Glutamine: The Powerful Amino Acid for the Gut

L-glutamine is an amino acid that is broken down from proteins. It is actually the most abundant amino acid in body and makes up 60% of our muscles. 

Adding a supplement may be more beneficial because it is already broken down from the protein to its active amino acid form. I generally recommend starting with 2 grams a day and increasing to 5 grams twice a day. CentreSpringMD has multiple plant based shakes and supplements available in stock with this therapeutic dose including:

Check out our online store or drop in to see how L-glutamine may benefit you!

Recent Posts

Probiotic Gut Bacteria Change Behavior in Your Child | Holistic Pediatrics

Probiotic Gut Bacteria Change Behavior in Your Child | Holistic Pediatrics Is your child acting up because their gut bacteria aren’t diverse enough? Recent research shows your child’s gut health–including “good bacteria” in the gut–affects their behavior,...

Dysbiosis: Is SIBO the Missing Link to IBS & IBD?

Dysbiosis: Is SIBO the Missing Link to IBS & IBD? Gut health is one of the most overlooked aspects in mainstream Western medicine that the integrative community has long established as a key factor in functional wellness. Issues like ulcerative colitis,...

The Keto Diet: A Functional Guide to Low-Carb Eating

What Is a Ketogenic Diet? The basics of the ketogenic diet are as follows: Prioritize eating to satiety with dietary fat Maintain a low carbohydrate intake Consume moderate protein foods The average keto diet recommends anywhere from 20-50 grams of net carbohydrates...

Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases May Actually Start in the Gut

Your gut microbiome is capable of many fascinating things–and while the phrase “gut bacteria” doesn’t conjure up delightful imagery, integrative doctors believe it may hold the key to better understanding neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and...

What Tryptophan Really Does, and How It’s Helping Scientists Better Understand Depression

What Tryptophan Really Does, and How It’s Helping Scientists Better Understand Depression Is it really tryptophan making you sleepy after your holiday meal? The truth about this old myth is no–and the culprit is actually just a lot of food and too much sugar. ...

You May Also Like…

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get our newsletters and health tips directly in your inbox.

X