Use This to Crush Sugar Craving Before it Strikes
Next time a carbohydrate urge hits, reach for the white stuff.
No, not granulated sugar. Glutamine.
L-glutamine (also known as glutamine) is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. The majority of it is stored up in the muscles and used up in heavy exercise, which is why it’s such a popular supplement among bodybuilders and athletes.
It’s also critical for the immune system; one reason runners frequently get sick after a marathon is glutamine depletion.
And when it comes to cravings glutamine is pure magic.
The Atkins Connection…
I first learned about using glutamine from Robert Atkins, M.D., who learned about it from Roger Williams, M.D. Williams, a pioneer in nutritional medicine, was one of the first to recognize the deep and intimate connection between cravings for alcohol and cravings for sugar, and he used glutamine for both.
It started back in the 1950s, when Williams did an experiment with alcohol-loving rats. First he established which rats liked to drink by giving them the opportunity to drink freely from either of two bottles—one filled with tap water and one containing 10 percent alcohol. Then he picked nineteen rats that tended to like the alcohol the most, and divided them into two groups.
One group received 100 mg of L-glutamine mixed with their food, the other group didn’t. At the end of 17 days, he returned all the rats to a regular diet of Purina rat chow and watched and measured what they drank.
The rats fed the glutamine consumed, on the whole, 35 percent less alcohol over the next 9 days than the rats that were not fed the glutamine. Williams concluded that “…glutamine administered orally appears to be a relatively effective agent in decreasing the voluntary consumption of alcohol by rats.”
The Sugar-Alcohol Connection: It’s spelled C-R-A-V-I-N-G…
Research from Princeton established that sugar is an addictive substance. Rats behave around sugar exactly the way they do around cocaine (or alcohol). They will forgo food in order to get it and they exhibit withdrawal symptoms when it’s taken away.
Cravings for alcohol have a lot in common with cravings for sugar—biochemically speaking, the two are intimately related.
Glutamine works on both.
Cure Those Constant Cravings…
When you experience a craving, it’s because your brain wants sugar—now! Glutamine is an alternate source of glucose available to the brain, plus it gets there quickly! You can open a capsule and put it under your tongue and you’ll feel the crave-reducing effect within minutes. Or better yet, put a heaping spoonful in water and drink it down.
“[Glutamine] provides a ready source of brain fuel for hypoglycemics and helps stave off sugar cravings … that develop when blood sugar levels drop too low,” says Joan Mathews-Larson, Ph.D., director of the addiction program at the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis.
Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., a Canadian psychiatrist and one of the pioneers in the practice of orthomolecular medicine called glutamine “an amino acid that decreases physiological cravings for alcohol” and “one of the two primary energy providers that … provide fuel to the brain.”
Natural Prescription for Cravings…
Atkins has suggested the following for a sugar urge: Take 1 to 2 g of L-glutamine, preferably with some heavy cream and just a touch of non-sugar sweetener. “The immediate desire to eat something sweet will pass,” he said. “For a reference attesting to its efficiency, ask any of the 8,000 Atkins Center patients for whom I have prescribed it!”
This is our choice for glutamine powder. It’s high quality and reasonably priced.
Take 1 heaping teaspoon of glutamine powder dissolved in water when a craving strikes or as a preventive measure (preferably on an empty stomach).
Alternately, take three or four times a day, in between meals.
Two other products you may want to consider that work beautifully with glutamine are Crave Arrest by Designs for Health and PGX by Natural Factors.
This supplement is designed to balance the production of the major neurotransmitters, including serotonin and dopamine, that affect cravings of all kinds. Take two or more capsules per day on an empty stomach. Best to take this early in the day since the tyrosine will make you feel more alert.
PGX is a special kind of superfiber known as glucomannon which does wonders for curbing appetite and cutting cravings off at the source.
Individual doses will vary, but for most people 2-6 capsules before meals (or before “danger periods” like late night eating) will make it way easier to resist craving foods that make us fat, sick, tired, and depressed.
Wishing You Health and Wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team