Excellent health begins with a happy, healthy digestive system. This means making sure that you consume plenty of water and fiber every day, plus essential fatty acids and healthy oils. But did you know that l-glutamine is a beneficial nutrient for colon and gut health? Individuals suffering from IBS, Celiac and Crohns Disease may wish to supplement with this amino acid. Glutamine is a building block for repairing damaged cells and tissues in the gut.
What Is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract, resulting in pain and digestive problems. Classified as an inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s typically triggers swelling in the lower part of the small intestine (known as the ileum). It can also affect other parts of the digestive tract, including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, colon and anus.
Abdominal pain and diarrhea are the two main symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Other signs and symptoms include:
- rectal bleeding (or bloody stool)
- ulcers (including small sores on the surface of the intense, as well as mouth ulcers similar to canker sores)
- weight loss
- reduced appetite
- anemia related to bleeding
- inflammation of the eyes or bile ducts
- skin problems
Causes of Crohn’s Disease
Although the cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, research suggests that abnormal functioning in the immune system may prompt the body to attack harmless substances in the digestive tract. When chronically activated, this immune response may generate the tissue-damaging inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease. Read More…
L-Glutamine for Crohn’s Disease
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, glutamine may be useful in inflammatory bowel conditions like Crohn’s because it can help protect the mucosa lining the intestines. Study results using glutamine to help treat Crohn’s disease show mixed results, but new formulations and targeted glutamine therapies for Crohn’s disease may yield better results in the future, say M. Coeffier and coauthors in a 2010 article published in the journal “Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.” Talk with your doctor before using glutamine to help treat your Crohn’s disease, as it may not be appropriate for everyone. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/432912-crohns-disease-l-glutamine/#ixzz2PShV8bDC