Hunger pangs are one of the primary reasons so many dieters can not stay on their weight loss plan. To help control these pangs, try some L-glutamine. L-glutamine is an amino acid that is found naturally in many foods including beef, chicken, eggs, and dairy products. It is also the most abundant amino acid found in human muscle and blood.
As a supplement, it has been used for treatment in serious injuries such as wound healing in postoperative patient, burns, and serious illnesses. This is because during these times supplies of the amino acid diminishes. Its main popularity is with bodybuilders and endurance athletes. This has to do with its ability to help speed recuperation after heavy workouts, which is accomplished by keeping muscle from being catabolized, that is eaten up for energy.
L-glutamine and Weight Loss
As for its importance to those looking to lose weight, it is its potential to suppress hunger that is most appealing. This effect has to do with the amino acid function in your brain. Besides glucose, l-glutamine can readily enter the brain where it can be utilized for energy and also act as a precursor to nerve transmitters. To my knowledge no studies have been done to test its effect on ghrelin, a hunger hormone. But since the amino acid supplies energy to the brain, it may also serve to suppress ghrelin or other signals from the brain that tell you that your are hungry. Whatever the reason, it may be just what you need to provide you with that extra boost to keep you from overindulging. Plus, it has also been reported that l-glutamine helps to control sugar cravings.
How Much and When to Take
As for dosage, just take around a 1000 milligrams or about 1 heaping teaspoon, in the afternoon. You can take it earlier if you like, but since the afternoon is when many people experience their cravings, it is best to take it then. You can find it in any health food store, but from my experience, the best prices are found online, shipping cost included. In short, by adding l-glutamine to your diet, it may help to control your hunger pangs, thus enabling you to better stick to your weight loss plan.