** Originally posted by Dulane **

I'm not an expert on this subject, but I'm trying to learn more about glutamine.

Glutamine is used in many protocols to help heal Leaky Gut Syndrome.

It is a nonessential amino acid. That means that we produce our own. But because of different reasons, some of us don't produce enough. An example is marthoners and people who exercise to a great degree. Another example is a cancer patient or anyone fighting a serious infection.

Here are a few quotes from the links below:

Glutamine provides a major energy source for the intestines, where it helps control fluid loss and strengthens the mucosal lining of the gut.

Glucosamine is essential for synthesis of mucin, the protective mucus layer in the gut. The first enzyme in glycoprotein biosynthesis, glucosamine synthase catalyzes the formation of N-acetylglucosamine and mucus. This enzyme is diminished in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients.

Glutamine also helps neutralize the build-up of acid waste.

It plays a key role in muscle metabolism and immune function, and supports the synthesis of proteins by increasing fluid levels in muscle cells (cell volumizing agent).

When muscle cells become swollen with water, an environment conducive to tissue repair and growth is created. Protein breakdown is inhibited and glycogen storage improves. Glycogen is the body's chief carbohydrate reserve and plays an important role in energy metabolism.

Without sufficient glutamine, the immune system loses its strength and vitality, which increases risk of infection.

Glutamine is metabolized into glucosmine.

Since we make our own glutamine, it is not a toxic substance. There are as many as 6 grams in a cup of cottage cheese. The effective dosage for athletes is around 30 grams. It may be easier to get the desired dosage from food instead of buying 500 mg capsules.

Unfortunately, man figured out a way to hybridize and poison a cousin of glutamine. It would be one of the worst things a psoriatic could eat...and that would be Monosodium Glutamate. It basically causes the nerve cells to discharge an electrical impulse and that's the basis of its use as a flavor enhancer.

Please read the ingredients in food that you buy and ask if it is used at restaurants.

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