Glutamine is still another non-essential amino acid. It is converted to glutamic acid (or glutamate), which together with glucose are the only fuels used by the brain. Severe stress may result in temporary glutamine deficiency.


  • Decreases alcohol dependence and possibly a craving for sweets
  • Helps to heal and maintain the internal integrity of the gut
  • Improves mental activity and memory, and recovery from serious illness
  • It may have significant beneficial effects in epilepsy, fatigue, impotence, mental retardation, peptic ulcers, schizophrenia and senility

Use glutamine, not glutamic acid for alcoholism; the former works better.

Generally safe, but excessive dosages may cause mental hyperactivity, insomnia, nervousness and in some cases manic behavior. It must be avoided by patients with Lou Gehrig's disease.