Glutamine for stomach ulcers

Glutamine supplementation

A new animal experiment shows the power of glutamine to drastically reduce inflammation caused by infection with H. pylori, a typical cause of ulcers.

"Our findings suggest that glutamine in the diet may protect against gastric damage caused by H. pylori," says lead author Susan Hagen, PhD, Associate Director of Research at the Department of Surgery at BIDMC and Associate in Surgery Harvard Medical School.

"The gastric damage develops when bacteria weaken the lining or mucosa of the stomach that protects it, damages cells and causes an immune response that is not effective to get rid of the infection."
Over time, the result of infection with a combination of persistent gastritis and cell damage creates an environment conducive to cancer development.

"Our work demonstrated that the harmful effects of ammonia on gastric cells could be completely reversed by administration of L-glutamine," Hagen said. "Amino acids stimulate the detoxification of ammonia in the stomach - as it does in the liver - so that the effective concentration of ammonia was reduced, thereby blocking cell damage."

Glutamine is free form in foods, which means it must be digested and absorbed before it can reach your digestive tract. The use of antacid reduces the protein digestion and absorption.

However, glutamine supplementation can work directly in the digestive tract without being absorbed. This study illustrates the efficacy of glutamine and how to reduce tissue damage by controlling digestive inflammation. Note that the H. pylori is a normal inhabitant of the digestive tract of each person. Like Candida, only becomes a problem when an imbalance.

A healthy stomach lining or mucosa is a fundamental principle of health and helps keep pathogenic bacteria proliferate in the digestive tract. In fact, the only way to really restore digestive health includes having a healthy stomach lining that coats the gastrointestinal tract, not just a matter of kill or reduce the number of potential spoilage organisms.

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