Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker. I’m the author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of products. Thanks for checking out my video. A question I get asked from time to time is “Is glutamine any good for Candida?” Glutamine is an amino acid. If you look on the internet, you’ll find many people recommend glutamine. Anywhere from small amounts right up to several grams per day. I think the average dose is from about 3 to 8 grams, 8,000 milligrams per day. Some people recommend up to 40 grams per day. One website I just looked at, 100 grams per day. How stupid is that? Amino acids, when you think about it, aminos are found in food. In fact, the body makes glutamine itself. Eating a diet with glutamine, glutamine will come naturally to you and if it doesn’t, you need to source aminos from foods that you eat.
And you should. You should be able to get all the aminos you need from a really good healthy diet. Supplements are one thing. How far do you want to go with supplementation? Some people even tell me that melatonin is perfectly natural to take as a supplement. It’s a darn hormone. You don’t want to take the stuff into your body. It’s crazy how many supplements people are starting to take to get better. It’s just crazy. It just doesn’t make sense. To me, the less you take the better. You don’t really need to take supplements for this and supplements for that. The best one I saw was 93 supplements in one day that a patient in the US. I did a video about that a while ago. Talking about that case. It’s incredible. Why am I not a fan of glutamine? Well, I’ve seen too many aggravations with it with people. Way too many aggravations. If you are a fan of glutamine, experiment with it yourself and see how you go. But if you’ve got an active bacterial infection in the gut, a parasite infection, or Candida infection, you need to be very, very careful what you take into your gut.
In my opinion, you’re better off making a diet and lifestyle change and strengthening your immune system up before you start looking at supplements like glutamine. Probably not really a good idea. Many people tell me that when they first start taking it, they feel really good. But that stops very quick. Other people tell me when they take glutamine, they feel awful to start with and it just gets worse over time until they stop the glutamine. I stopped recommending glutamine now for about two years ago. I really started to think it’s just not really something I want to recommend to people. I prefer people to work naturally on their digestive system. Many people take glutamine in the belief that it’s going to actually help to heal the lining of the gut, the leaky gut.
Glutamine is a fuel source for the enterocytes or cells lining the gut and it certainly helps to build those up. It’s also important because it eventually converts to GABA, gamma aminobutyric acid, which is a hormone predominantly made in the digestive system. The small bowel makes about 75 percent of the body’s GABA, which has a big effect on anxiety in the body. When it comes to things like glutamine, you’re better off letting your body naturally make it or rely on it from dietary sources. And if you want to heal the lining of the gut, fermented and cultured foods and then also include on that, natural sources of prebiotics. Again, I’m not a fan of fructooligosaccharides or inulin in dietary supplements. Too many problems I’ve seen with it. I prefer people to heal the lining of the gut with these kind of foods.
I’ve written an article on EricBakker.com. I think it’s called “Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics � Part 4”. Burdock roots, chicory roots, dandelion roots, garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, spring onions, asparagus, artichokes, beet roots, green beans, green plantain bananas, raw cacao, green tea, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi Chinese vegetables, legumes, adzuki bean, pinto beans, navy beans, mung beans, rye sourdough bread, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecan nuts. That’s a good list there of some of the best foods to help with the gut and healing the gut and to repair the lining of the gut, rather than glutamine. I really believe that the food is the way to go rather than the supplements when it comes to healing the lining of your gut. That’s my opinion for what it’s worth. Thanks for viewing this video.
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