L-Glutamine is there research to show it heals intestines?

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   Posted 8/31/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I see Dr A uses L-Glutamine and it is suppose to heal intestines. Wonder what dosage and if any research has shown this to be true?

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   Posted 8/31/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Who is Dr. A ?
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   Posted 8/31/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Somebody said...
A clinical study of ulcerative colitis patients demonstrated that feeding 30 g daily of glutamine-rich germinated barley foodstuff (GBF) for four weeks resulted in significant clinical and endoscopic improvement, independent of disease state. Disease exacerbation returned when GBF treatment was discontinued.[8] It has also been suggested that cabbage juice consumption may provide benefit to patients with gastric ulcers and gastritis, by virtue of its high glutamine content.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried it for about 6 months and didn't notice any difference in my symptoms but many others have so like everything else it vaires from person to person I guess.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried it too, and didn't see any noticeable benefit (based on my symptoms). But it is supposed to help heal or build cell walls, especially in the GI tract, so it should be worth a try....
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   Posted 8/31/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
You probably won't find extensive research and studies on l-glutamine, because - like every other natural healing substance - it's not patentable and no one stands to gain financially from its sale. However, here are some articles you may find helpful.
Healing a Leaky Gut Naturally
Study: L-glutamine shown to decrease intestinal permeability and promote wound healing
Glutamine and the Immune System
The role of glutamine in the immune system and in intestinal function
A common dose range is 6 to 25 grams divided into 3 doses per day, 30 minutes before meals.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.

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   Posted 9/1/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Princessa- what dose do you take, and does it not constipate you? I use it on and off, but the main reason I take it from time to time is that it is an extremely powerful diuretic- a constipator. I have never noticed any effect on my inflammation, but then, I can't take more than 5 grams a day without suffering from constipation (not C with formed stool, simply delayed and more painful D when it finally makes its way out amidst gas pockets). I know that bodybuilders and athletes use it in larger quantities so I always wonder how they avoid constipation- or is there some magic combo of fiber and glutamine that does the trick?
"In order to save the village, we had to destroy it." -- Medical proverb. 

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