Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More on Glutamine, Immunity & Health

I hope you read my last posting on glutamine, glutathione, and immunity (and posted your "yes" to my question about adding glutamine as a new product).

Meanwhile, I decided to write a bit more about glutamine, for those of you who may be on the fence. First, a few notes about glutamine:

  1. Glutamine is concentrated most heavily in skeletal muscle (about 60% of your body's glutamine) and also in the lungs, liver, brain, and stomach tissues.
  2. Glutamine enhances the function of immune system cells and helps the body recover from inflammatory diseases.
  3. Glutamine protects against bacteria and infection by protecting the intestinal mucosa (remember, most of the immune system resides in the gut).
  4. Glutamine is used to help patients recover from surgery. Oral glutamine has, in fact, been shown to reduce hospital stays and also to improve survival rates after infections.
  5. Glutamine also protects the gut from radiation and chemotherapy. Many people with cancer have abnormally low glutamine levels, which leads to poor nutrient absorption from a damaged gut. Glutamine is slso considered to increase the effectiveness and reduce the side effects of some cancer drugs.
  6. Glutamine can aid in healing stomach ulcers and prevent inflammation of the stomach that is caused by chronic use of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen.
  7. Glutamine is depleted by stress and stress hormones like cortisol.
  8. Glutamine is considered safe, with no adverse reports for supplemental glutamine, even at high doses (therapeutic levels of glutamine can range from 5-15 grams a day in divided doses).
  9. Glutamine should be taken at room temperature or with cold foods or liquids as heat destroys glutamine.
  10. Glutamine should be stored in a dry environment, as moisture destroys
Okay, so how could we not want a separate glutamine product for our little Co-op?

If you're now convinced, please vote "yes" so I can convince the conservative element on our team that we really do need to add a glutamine product to our catalog!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Testing...

birdwoman2 said...

I vote a resounding "yes" fpr glutamine.

Anonymous said...

I Vote Yes. I will try it when it is available. BR

Anonymous said...

OK, ok, I know most people don't use L-glutamine so there may not be a lot of interest expressed. I have been taking L-glutamine on and off as a supplement for years! I vote a big resounding YES! wl

Christine said...

Yes please. I'd really like to try it.

Christine said...

Yes please. I'd really like to try it.

Diana said...

It is past New Year and I didn't see it on the list. I am very interested.

Diana said...

Back again. I have a friend who is in nutritional selling groups. She lately found a new company with a product called 'MaxGXL'. It clames to be for the production and support of glutathione in the body. My objection is the price of upwards of $80 a month. They recommend taking 3 capsules twice a day with water. I am assuming that an empty stomach is best, though they don't say.
3 capsules contain
Vitamine C...250 mg
L Gutamine...750 mg
N-Acetyl Cysteine...375 mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid...75 mg
Propietary GSH absorption and recycling blend: Cordyceps, N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine, Quercetin, Silybum Marianum 80% Silimarin...488 mg

This formula has been tested on HIV/AIDS and auto-immune disease patients of the doctor who is promoting this company.

My question: is this formula worth it's price tag? Is it special, or is it mostly hype.

I am a massage therapist and my friend would like me to recommend and sell this product to my clients. I'm not convinced and would like to see a cheaper product to promote if it is as effective.