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Glutamine, Glutathione & Immunity

Posted Sep 27 2009 10:12pm
We did one of our member surveys this summer and I was hoping our members would vote for a glutamine product.

Dr. Rodier recommends glutamine all the time. My naturopath, Dr. Burnett, recommends glutamine all the time. While glutamine was not on our members' top wish list items, I keep hoping to get enough support from my readers to introduce a glutamine product, as I would like to stop buying glutamine in bulk from other providers when I run a supplement company! So here's my first lob into the game of bringing glutamine onboard at the Co-op.

First, glutamine is better known by body builders, who recognize glutamine as an important nutrient in muscle repair. However, did you know that glutamine is also involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid and is used by almost every cell in the body, including enterocytes, lymphocytes, and macrophages?

Importantly, glutamine contributes to production of glutathione, which is a critical antioxidant produced within your body. Incidentally, you should forget about oral supplementation of glutathione, as the research shows that large doses of oral glutathione do not raise the body's circulating levels of glutathione, but I digress.

While many supplement enthusiasts know that glutathione is important, many do not know that low glutathione levels are highly associated with cancers, cataracts, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, asthma, sub-optimal immune system response, and other disease states. Higher serum levels of glutamine, especially in the elderly, are conversely associated with better health.

In addition to glutathione production, without sufficient glutamine, bacteria, fungi, and other toxins migrate across any breaks in the mucosal lining of your gut and can then travel into your bloodstream and stimulate cytokine and cortisol production, which deplete your body of glutamine (and glutathione) even further. A vicious cycle, indeed.

If you are worried about swine flu, then in addition to getting more sleep, consider adding supplemental glutamine to your routine--to enhance the integrity of your gut and thus your immune system. When I was working through my food allergies and (temporary!) autoimmune system diagnosis, my naturopath wanted me to take at least 2.5 grams of glutamine a day. A year later, my digestion and aborption of nutrients is much improved and my food allergies are way down.

Dr. Rodier helped us formulate Constant Health to have 2 grams of glutamine in every scoop, along with a powerful combination of other glutathione boosters including glycine (2 grams), n-acetyl-cysteine (300mg), milk thistle (300mg), curcumin (500mg), and selenium (70mcg) per scoop.

While Constant Health delivers a powerful combination of ingredients, I believe that, because many of our members prefer to mix and match their supplements, having a separate glutamine product would be incredibly valuable--if only enough people could know about the healing benefits of supplemental glutamine!

Supplemental glutamine. Liver protector, cellular hydrator, intestinal protector, and glutathione builder, glutamine is an incredible little amino acid. Please weigh in with your comments on glutamine for the Co-op as a response to this blog post!

If we get enough interest, I think we could have a new product out before the end of the year. If not, I will keep trying, that's how important I consider glutamine to our product line-up!
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