by Catherine Pratt
L-Glutamine is a supplement I've been experimenting with in the battle against feeling tired and SAD.
I initially discovered L-Glutamine because I was looking for something to help me with the constant stomach aches I was experiencing. It didn’t seem to matter what I ate, I would get a stomach ache.
In the research I conducted on how to stop this, I discovered that L-Glutamine was mentioned as being important for maintaining healthy digestion. It was also being studied as a possible link to irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and colon inflammation when it was found to be deficient in the body.
I decided to start taking it daily and happily, it very quickly solved the problem with my stomach aches. I rarely get them now. Such a relief. So, that was really good but then I realized there were some other really nice “side effects” of taking L-Glutamine.
Additional Benefits of L-Glutamine:
Research shows that it also:
L-Glutamine is a white, tasteless powder which you can find in any health food store. It comes as capsules, powder, liquid or tablets. I've tried the capsules and tablets and for me, I found the capsules to be more effective. It seems to be fairly cheap as far as supplements go which is nice. I found it in the Digestion section.
Note that you should NOT take it with food. It doesn’t seem to be absorbed as effectively if you do.
The recommended dosage seems to be vary depending on what you read. You seem to need to take at least 2 - 5 grams twice a day. You can ask your nutritionist or look at the instructions on the type of l-glutamine that you buy (powder, capsules, etc).
There doesn’t seem to be any side effects with taking it. Although, there have been cases of stomach aches and diarrhea with very high doses. Also, the Lahey Clinic recommends caution taking it if you're hypersensitive to MSG. Also, if you're taking any anti seizure medications, you should consult a doctor beforehand. Of course, it's always important to check with your doctor prior to taking anything new. I'm not a doctor and have zero medical knowledge. I'm just relating what I've tried out on myself.
More Info on Glutamine
Feeling Tired All The Time: