This is the best news I've had all week. Even those without the disease are cheering. My inbox has been exploding with links from the various news sources. Friends and family all over the country shared the news with me. I like having options. As I began reading the articles and noticed the amino acid, L-glutamine, being the main ingredient I was beyond elated.
My reason for being elated may be different than most. I know firsthand the benefits of L-glutamine in repairing leaky gut. Low grade, chronic inflammation resulting from leaky gut syndrome can wreak havoc on the body. Chronic pain is one of its many symptoms. If you have ever gone or taken your child to the ER with "sickle pain" that was difficult to contain despite the physicians' best effort, you will relate to what I am about to describe.
Not every pain a person with SCD experiences is sickle pain. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. After all, when you are in pain you just want relief. It doesn't matter much the source. But it does. Think about it... We are often stressed, dreading the next crisis or dealing with other psychosocial issues. We are anemic. We often don't eat well, especially when we are sick. We tend to have a cocktail of drugs in our system. We take more pain meds and antibiotics than we would like. These conditions all contribute to leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut would result in more crises since it releases toxins into our system causing more inflammation. It would make sense then that L-glutamine would have a positive effect since it is critical in the repair of leaky gut. Thank you FDA. Narcotics can temporarily mask the pain caused from chronic inflammation. L-glutamine works at a "source" that has been problematic among those with the disease. Of course, diet and lifestyle change will go much farther.
A couple of things had me shaking my head as I read the articles. For a minute, I thought they were describing sickle cell disease when I read the side effects. Look at the bright side, at least we will be no worse off. It makes me wonder... Should the over-the -counter L-glutamine supplement carry the same warning? I took a look at the actual study conducted and it was hard to tell if the maltodextrin (placebo) group had more crises because maltodextrin has the exact opposite effect in the gut as L-glutamine* or the L-glutamine group had less crises because it worked well. Either way, I am happy we now have another option.