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Glutamine. The Answer to Your Digestive Problems?
by Susan Allocco
If you’ve ever had serious digestive problems like Crohns, IBS, or Colitis you know how much it can impact your quality of life. The constant need to run for the nearest bathroom, and the constant worry that if you leave the house there might not be one when you need it, brings your outside life to a halt.
After several doctor’s appointments where you’re poked and prodded, you’re sent home with a handful of medications that just mask the problem. Praying for relief from the stomach cramping and nausea, you then notice the side effects of the medication. At this point you begin the internal debate of whether you would rather deal with the stomach pain or the side effects of the medications.
To avoid the nausea you may, like many other people with serious digestive problems, elect to eat less. Unfortunately, while this may seem like a good temporary solution, it damages the intestines. This is because when you don’t eat the tissues of your intestines get thin and other problems, like ulcers and bacteria, develop. The bacteria, which is naturally present in the intestines, can penetrate the intestine lining onto other tissues. Eventually, the bacteria also enter the bloodstream.
So, where does Glutamine play into this?
Recent research has changed the popular view held by scientists that glutamine is a nonessential amino acid. Since the 1980's it has been recognized as a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that under normal circumstances the body can make (synthesize) adequate quantities. However, during times of stress, including fever, illness, dieting, or chemotherapy, the body cannot make a sufficient amount.
Scientists have also discovered that glutamine allows for the normal functioning of the intestines. It is recognized as the second most important fuel for the cells lining the colon and helps clear the body of waste through the kidney and liver.
For some time glutamine has been popular with bodybuilders because of its role in helping to maintain muscles. This affect on the muscles makes glutamine a good option for the prevention of the kind of muscle-wasting that can accompany prolonged bed rest or certain diseases.
Crohn's Disease & Glutamine
There is some indication that supplementing with glutamine may also help with Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammatory process that can affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus (the last part of the small intestine is affected in 50% of all cases).
The disease affects people differently. Some have alternating periods of relative health, while others have continuous symptoms ranging from inflammation to rectal bleeding. Frequently, the disease starts early in life and children with the disease may suffer delayed development and stunted growth.
The most common symptoms are abdominal pain - often in the lower right area - and diarrhea, both caused by the inflammation. Other symptoms include rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. The rectal bleeding, if serious and persistent, leads to anemia.
While there are many theories about the cause of Crohn's disease, none have been proven. The most popular theory is that the body's immune system reacts to a bacteria or virus by causing ongoing inflammation in the intestine. However, doctors are not certain whether the immune system abnormalities associated with Crohn's are a result, or the cause, of the disease.
The Youngest Patient - A Case Study
According to the book "The Ultimate Nutrient Glutamine" by Judy Shabert MD, Rd and Nancy Ehrli a baby diagnosed with Crohn's disease had colic and bloody diarrhea from the age of five months old. The steroids that were prescribed by the doctor helped, but they didn't help the baby's growth. When the baby turned six years old the mother, desperate, began considering glutamine. It was her understanding from other patients that it was important for bowel growth and, therefore, began feeding her child a liquid containing glutamine at night and during the day.
After five months of the glutamine supplementation, the child's bowel symptoms reversed. The doctor stopped treating the baby with steroids, but the symptoms did not come back as they had in the past when the drugs were reduced.
A year and a half after the child was taken off the steroid she only had minor gastrointestinal symptoms. She also had a remarkable growth spurt.
Intestinal Repair and Glutamine
The important role that glutamine plays in the intestines has only come to light within the last 15 years. We now need to understand how this discovery relates to caring for sick individuals.
As mentioned earlier, scientists once believed that the intestines should not be used during illness or after surgery so that they could repair themselves. We now understand that when an individual doesn't eat the cells lining the intestines (the mucosal cells) deteriorate from the lack of stimulation they normally get from digesting food. This lack of digestive stimulation combined with a deficiency in glutamine cause the tissues lining the intestines to become thin and exposed.
It's now clear that attempting to allow the gut to repair itself by withholding food has the opposite effect. Rather than being repaired, the intestine is injured. Bacteria penetrates the intestinal wall and enters adjacent tissue, and possibly the bloodstream.
Stomach Ulcers, Diarrhea, and Glutamine
Glutamine also plays a number of key roles in the gastrointestinal tract. Japanese scientists discovered that it's an effective anti-ulcer drug, making glutamine the most popular anti-ulcer drug in Asia.
Glutamine is also very helpful for diarrhea because it diminishes the loss of both electrolytes and water from the intestines. It may also lessen the severity of the diarrhea by enhancing water and salt uptake into the body. Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Glutamine
People with severe gastrointestinal problems, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may also benefit from supplementing with glutamine. IBD is a gastrointestinal problem that causes a breakdown in the intestinal mucosa, inflammation, and infection.
In one study British and Canadian investigators treated IBD patients with liquid diets containing small amounts of glutamine. After two weeks they found that most patients participating in the study no longer had diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Symptoms also improved for other patients who were treated with altered diets and glutamine.
Sickness and Glutamine
When individuals are metabolically stressed they become catabolic, meaning cell tissue is breaking down. This can happen for a number of reasons which include engaging in strenuous physical activity, the flu, dieting, starvation, infection, injury, or burns.
Metabolic stress will cause the muscles to produce significantly more glutamine in order to maintain blood levels. However, concentrations of glutamine within the muscle cells may fall by 50 percent if enough protein is not taken through the diet. Low protein levels cause the muscles to break down in order to supply the body with the glutamine needed to promote the healing of wounds, fight infections, or to support the gastrointestinal tract.
This is the reason that we experience muscle wasting during illness or stress. However, glutamine supplementation during these periods gives muscles the ability to make protein and the breakdown and wasting of muscle mass is prevented.
Sources of Glutamine
While foods such as meat, chicken, fish and eggs contain some amount of glutamine, the cooking process quickly denatures (inactivates) it.
Therefore, if you're not a lover of Japanese sashimi (raw fish), the most efficient way to get more glutamine is to take a glutamine supplement.
*Not intended to diagnose or treat diseases or ailments, and is not reviewed by the FDA.Uses & Indications.