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Glutamine Health Benefits

The Miracle Nutrient For Immune System,
Muscle Building, Health & Much More...


The glutamine health benefits are so far reaching that it's mind-boggling.
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Contents
1. Examples of Glutamine's Super Powers
2. What Is Glutamine?
3. Glutamine Health Benefits
4. Glutamine Bodybuilding Benefits
5. Glutamine Alkalizes The Body
6. Glutamine & Alcohol
7. Side Effects of Glutamine
8. Glutamine Dosage
9. Who Shouldn't Take Glutamine
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1. Examples of Glutamine's Super Powers

Numerous studies have shown how critical glutamine is to the recovery of patients suffering from significant trauma and illnesses. For example, this study conducted at Brigham And Women's Hospital (teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School) discovered that glutamine significantly reduced the infection rates of bone-marrow transplant patients. Bone marrow transplant patients have almost no immune system, and consequently have to be kept in a special "bacteria-free" room for 2 months while recovering. In the study, they divided the patients into two groups. 24 patients where given glutamine (40 grams per day), and 21 patients were not given any glutamine (control group). Of the 24 patients given glutamine, only 12 developed an infection. Of the 21 patients that weren't given glutamine, 20 of them got an infection! This is a true testament to the power of glutamine, and the pivotal role it plays in our body's immune system.

Here's another example of the power of glutamine. In Boston, there was a group of patients that had short bowel syndrome (had small intestines removed). These patients had been on intravenous feeding (parenteral nutrition) for 6 to 11 years because solid foods won't digest well in their bodies due to the fact that they have almost no small intestine. The result is very frequent diarrhea. After these patients were given glutamine they were able to consume a modified diet. Unbelievable!


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2. What Is Glutamine?

Glutamine is one of twenty amino acids, which are building blocks of protein. Glutamine is considered a conditionally essential amino acid. Essential amino acids are amino acids that the body can NOT produce enought of on their own, so it needs to be provided in the foods we eat.

Nonessential amino acids are amino acids that the body CAN produce enough of on their own. In healthy individuals experiencing no health issues or injuries, the body can produce enough glutamine; however, when an individual is under metabolic stress (via intense training, illness, disease, injuries) the body can't meet the increased demands for glutamine.

You can buy glutamine at most health and vitamin stores. It's a very white powder.

Here's a 1,000 gram container of glutamine I bought recently. 

Glutamine

This container of glutamine cost me about $45 Canadian dollars, which is about $43.70 US dollars, at the time of this writing.


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3. Glutamine Health Benefits

High metabolic stress increases the need for glutamine substantially. In an attempt to get more glutamine, the body breaks down your lean muscle tissue ("muscle wasting" or "catabolic"). These leaves you thinner and weaker, as well as hampers your recovery. Supplementing with glutamine prevents this.

Here are some of the other glutamine health benefits:
  • dramatically boosts immune system (helps immune cell production, antioxidant production);
  • dramatically reduces chances of infection;
  • dramatically reduces liver damage from overdosing and harsh therapies (chemotherapy);
  • detoxifies the body from free radicals and other dangerous poisons such as ammonia;
  • prevents bacteria from entering intestine walls;
  • lessens depression;
  • reduces alcohol cravings;
  • improves IQ and problem-solving skills;
  • plays massive role in ensuring the function of the digestive system; and
  • helps prevents ulcers.

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4. Glutamine Bodybuilding Benefits

When you train hard, your body produces lactic acid (lactic acidosis). Acidosis causes a myriad of the health problems (see article Healthy Eating Explained for more information). To clear the acid from the body the kidneys needs more glutamine. Where does it get the glutamine? That's right, your muscles! This is why you need to supplement with glutamine.

Another byproduct of intense training is the production of destructive free radicals. Free radicals also eats away at your muscles. Another reason why trainers need to supplement with glutamine.

Another benefit of glutamine supplementation is that you won't get sick as often, and you'll recover faster when you do get sick. Those who train very hard are known to get sick more frequently than the average person.


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5. Glutamine Alkalizing The Body

Glutamine helps to alkalizes your body by eliminating acid and ammonia from the blood.


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6. Glutamine & Alcohol 

It was briefly mentioned earlier that glutamine helps reduce alcohol cravings.

Alcohol is very acidic and produces free radicals. As we now know, glutamine helps clear the body of acid and free radicals. So in this regard, it's good to take glutamine when drinking.


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7. Side Effects of Glutamine

At this time there are no known side effects or health risks associated with glutamine; however, to much of anything is never good. 

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8. Glutamine Dosage 

Studies have found dosages of up to .26 gram per pound of bodyweight to be safe.

If you workout intensely, I recommend you take 5 grams of glutamine:
  • upon waking up; 
  • 30 minutes before workout; 
  • immediately after workout; and 
  • before bed.

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9. Who Shouldn't Take Glutamine

Don't take glutamine if you:
  • have liver disease;
  • have kidney disease;
  • have cirrhosis of the liver;
  • have Reye's syndrome;
  • are pregnant; and/or
  • are breast-feeding.

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