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:
- 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.
- Glutamine enhances the function of immune system cells and helps the body recover from inflammatory diseases.
- Glutamine protects against bacteria and infection by protecting the intestinal mucosa (remember, most of the immune system resides in the gut).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Glutamine is depleted by stress and stress hormones like cortisol.
- 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).
- Glutamine should be taken at room temperature or with cold foods or liquids as heat destroys glutamine.
- Glutamine should be stored in a dry environment, as moisture destroys
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!