L-Glutamine: Helps Curb the Craving!
Excessive alcohol consumption inhibits the synthesis and
absorption of L-glutamine, which serves many critical functions. This
powerful amino acid has been proven effective in double blind clinical
trials to reduce cravings for alcohol. It is utilized as a brain food
and energy source. Stores of L-Glutamine are depleted during times of
high stress, and supplementation has been shown to reduce anxiety.
L-Glutamine helps eliminate aggressive sugar and carbohydrate craving
that many individuals experience during early alcohol withdrawal.
(Alcohol is nearly biochemically identical to sugar.) 2,000 mg. of L-Glutamine, divided daily, is recommended to
decrease the craving for alcohol. Many inpatient centers use higher
doses--up to three or four times as much--when treating their clients.
Numerous studies have documented that glutamine is well tolerated and
has limited or no side effects unless used in massive doses.
L-Glutamine may be taken on a daily basis, or kept on hand to
manage "craving emergencies" in which the powder from half a 1,000
capsule is poured directly under the tongue.
Recommended dose: 1-3 capsules per day, preferably between meals.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Please consult your health
care provider when using this or any other nutritional supplement in an
alcohol recovery program. See Drug Digest for potential interactions with existing medications or supplements.