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We got a lot of questions about supplements through our DotCom community so we thought we'd share one of our faves with y'all and why would love it! Our fave: L-glutamine! So L-glutamine is one type of glutamine, but glutamine itself is the most abundant amino acid (building block of protein) in the body. Normally, our bodies can make enough glutamine for its regular needs. However, during times of extreme stress (the kind you experience after heavy exercise or an injury), your body may need more glutamine than it can make which is where we may need supplements or foods that are higher in l-glutamine to help us! Most glutamine is stored in muscles, followed by the lungs where much of the glutamine is made. Isn't that interesting?! Your lungs producing amino acids for your muscles?! Who woulda thought. 

 

TOP 5 BENEFITS

Let's get straight into it. Here are the top 5 benefits from l-glutamine. Not saying that these are the only benefits, because there are definitely a lot more! But let's just start with 5 for now, ha! 

  1. Reduces bloating. There are a lot of bloatianas in our DotCom community, so this shout out is for y'all. L-glutamine supports our natural digestive system by maintaining a healthy mucus barrier (one of the layers in our gut barrier) aka supporting our gut barrier. If our gut barrier is damaged or disrupted, it could cause symptoms including bloating ( Holland & Barrett, 2023).

  2. Improves digestive health. L-glutamine is very helpful in supporting your gut function and digestive processes which can be very beneficial if you have digestive conditions such as IBS or leaky gut (just to name a couple!) (Axe, 2022). 

  3. Improves hydration. Studies have shown that taking l-glutamine actually promotes more rapid fluid and electrolyte absorption in the gut. Therefore, if you're trying to rehydrate asap, including l-glutamine may help the sodium absorption and bulk water flow ( Coqueiro, 2019). 

  4. Accelerate recovery time and wound healing. Yes, so if you work out or have hurt yourself, you may want to add l-glutamine into your life. When your body is stressed, it releases the hormone cortisol into the bloodstream. High levels of cortisol can lower your body's stores of glutamine.Studies have actually shown that taking glutamine supplements strengthens the immune system and reduce infections (even big infections, like, post surgical ones), and also help the recovery of severe burns (Mount Sinai). 

  5. Improve heart health. Although it can't mend a broken heart, it can keep it healthy! L-glutamine seems to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that can reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as hypertension, glucose intolerance and diabetes  (Axe, 2022)!
     

FOODS HIGH IN L-GLUTAMINE

Don't want to take supplements? Don't worry, we got you. Here's a list of foods with the more l-glutamine benefits and we got everyone covered! Meat lovers, pescatarians, vegetarians, vegans... there's l-glutamine for all! The list in order:

  1. Eggs
  2. Tofu
  3. Milk
  4. Bone broth
  5. Grass-fed beef
  6. Spirulina
  7. Chinese cabbage
  8. Cottage cheese
  9. Asparagus
  10. Broccoli rabe
  11. Wild-caught fish (cod and salmon)
  12. Venison
  13. Turkey
  14. Corn
  15. Rice

 

If this isn't enough reason for you to start looking into taking some l-glutamine then I don't know how much more convincing we can do. It's literally an all around amazing amino acid for you, your body, your mind, your health. And if you have any questions you want to ask us, join the DotCom and ask away! You ask, we deliver! So to our DotCom community and everyone else, if you're wondering what l-glutamine is and why it's so popular... now you know. I bet the bloat supplements you're taking now has l-glutamine in it. Wana bet? Go take a look and report back. 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AS MEDICAL ADVICE. THIS POST IS NOT MEANT TO TREAT, CURE, PREVENT, OR DIAGNOSE CONDITIONS OR DISEASES; AND IS MEANT FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TRYING ANY NEW TREATMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS.

 

Can L-glutamine help with bloating?. Holland & Barrett. (2023, August 21). https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/the-health-hub/conditions/digestive-health/l-glutamine-and-gut-health/

Axe, Dr. J. (2022, December 6). How L-glutamine benefits the gut, muscle mass and more. Dr. Axe. https://draxe.com/nutrition/l-glutamine-benefits-side-effects-dosage/

Coqueiro, A. Y., Rogero, M. M., & Tirapegui, J. (2019). Glutamine as an Anti-Fatigue Amino Acid in Sports Nutrition. Nutrients11(4), 863. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11040863

Glutamine. Mount Sinai Health System. (n.d.). https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/supplement/glutamine

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