Does Glutamine Work? Yes, it helps with Stress and Anxiety
What is L-Glutamine?
Glutamine is a new buzz supplement, but if you’re not sure what it’s all about I thought I would write about it from the brain health perspective.
Glutamine had long been promoted in the fitness industry to help build healthy, lean bodies but this powerful amino acid has many other health benefits for your gut, brain and immunity.
It is the most abundant amino acid in our body and it is a significant building block of protein meaning that your body requires a lot of it.
Your body naturally produces it from foods high in protein like beef, chicken, eggs, fish and beans.
However, many people don’t eat enough protein in their meals leaving your body struggling to produce enough glutamine. And if you are stressed - either physically and psychologically - Glutamine will get used up very quickly.
Supplementing with glutamine is an excellent way to ensure your body gets enough glutamine to reduce the effects of stress and function at an optimal level.
How L-Glutamine helps reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety
L-Glutamine is the primary fuel used by the brain to build and balance the neurotransmitter GABA which plays a significant role in mood and anxiety.
It is known as the ‘calming amino acid’ for its effectiveness in reducing stress-related anxiety symptoms.
It’s Yoga for the brain.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, in the brain. It blocks specific signals in the central nervous system, slowing down the brain. This provides a protective and calming effect on the brain and body.
The brain contains many neurotransmitters that trigger or inhibit specific reactions in the body.
GABA is a neurotransmitter that inhibits or slows the brain’s functions. This activity produces effects such as:
The brain naturally releases GABA at the end of a day to promote sleepiness and allow a person to rest.
Chronic stress uses up glutamine leading to our immune system and gut vulnerable.
Glutamine is the primary fuel source for the sealing and maintaining the lining of the intestines. With a healthy gut lining you can absorb more nutrients, reduce leaky gut and toxins entering our blood stream as well as reducing bloating.
By healing your gut it also helps to boost your immune system. About 60-80% of our immune systems lives in our gut so by having a healthy gut microbiome you are also strengthening your ability to protect and recover from disease.
It’s pretty amazing how nutrients can help isn’t it?
L -Glutamine can be found in all of 360ME supplements as part of MoodNutritionPlus®. Calm Me has particularly high levels.
You can read more about Calm Me here.
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