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Re: L-glutamine helped me with anxiety!

Posted by Tony P on January 18, 2018, at 19:11:13

In reply to Re: L-glutamine helped me with anxiety!, posted by MightyKondrian on August 17, 2017, at 22:05:14

Glad I just noticed this thread. I'm experiencing fairly high anxiety today & am running out my normal meds (the pharmacy is sending me an emergency refill, so I will be OK). I've been experiencing carbohydrate cravings too, and am practically addicted to scotch mints, which I'm also running out of!

I remembered that I used to take L-Glutamine for carbohydrate cravings. It definitely worked for that for me, 1 g. dose, had to repeat every few hours if the cravings recurred. So I looked in my "old supplements" drawer. Way at the back L-glutamine, 2 500mg caps left! I do feel better 1/2 hour later, but that could be placebo & other factors. Put it on my grocery list, hopefully the supermarket will have it, if not I know a good supplement store.

It is true that L-glutamine is one of the few mood-related neuro-transmitter precursors that passes the blood-brain barrier, so in principle it could have an effect on the GABA/anxiety reducing centre. Especially short-term, since over the long term your body (including the brain) tries to rebalance to its original state. GABA itself does NOT get to the brain, so it is useless as a supplement for that purpose I've tried it too: absolutely no effect.

My Meds
Escitalopram 20 mg
Bupropion XR 75 mg
Diazepam 5 mg tid - weaning
Propranolol 20 mg tid
Robaxin - non-prescribed; weaning
Kava - non-Rx, prn




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