L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid (protein building block) in the body; as such, it has a wide range of functions.
L-GLUTAMINE IN THE BODY
It’s also been shown to protect against the breakdown of the mucous lining in the gut.
Most glutamine is stored in muscles, followed by the lungs, where much of this protein is made.
STRESS & GUT STRENGTH
On a typical day, our body makes enough glutamine to meet ordinary needs. However, when we’re under stress (emotional or physical – from heavy exercise to mental illness, injury or surgery), we may not produce enough glutamine to address the stress hormones flooding our body. That’s when taking a supplement comes into play.
Additionally, a glutamine supplement is often helpful for individuals with medical conditions such as GERD, leaky gut, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, where their glutamine levels may be consistently low.
SUPPLEMENT FOR GUT STRENGTH
It’s critical to remember: Always use cool, never hot foods or liquids. Heat destroys glutamine.
Unless otherwise recommended and supervised by your health practitioner, a glutamine supplement is not recommended for children under age 10 or for people with kidney or liver disease, or a history of seizures. Proper dose is crucial to how well L-glutamine works.
Always consult with your holistic practitioner before adding a supplement such as glutamine to your diet.
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