Glutamine, or L-Glutamine, is the most abundant amino acid circulating on its own in the body. Glutamine is an important component of a functioning immune system, the maintenance of a healthy intestinal lining, as well as certain mental and emotional processes. It can be found in many foods and under “routine” circumstances, the body seems to have adequate supply between what is eaten and what the body makes for itself. However, when the body is stressed (injury, surgery, chemotherapy, or prolonged exercise), supplementation with glutamine has been found to be helpful in recovery or prevention of subsequent illness. It is considered a vital supplement for helping to heal the “leaky gut syndrome” that is so often a part of food allergies.
First Aid Applications. I see Glutamine’s role in the home vitamin/medicine chest in two areas.