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Is Glutamine Any Good For Candida?

August 26, 2019


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.

25 Comments

  • Reply Christina February 28, 2016 at 3:29 am

    l came to the same conclusion through trial and error. I did not react well to glutamine supplementation.

  • Reply Kale Mussel February 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Dr. Bakker thank you for doing these videos, waiting for ur videos is like waiting for a movie or a new episode of game of thrones to come out. I have a question for you can you do a video on vitiligo and how to get rid of it. thanks

  • Reply Anubhav Sinha February 29, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Oh shit ur video came out after I have bought glutamine.I taking it from 4 days 10gms daily and I am feeling stiffness near my shoulders and neck.I am going to stop it now.My money wasted.:(

  • Reply Dan Logan March 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Hi, Doc! I drink bone broth daily and I want to know what you think? Is Gelatine good with candida, I know that it's good for the leaky gut. Thank you! Blessings

  • Reply 91birthday March 14, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Does this go for L-Glutamine as well? My naturopath has me take to heal leaky gut

  • Reply Bleeding Gums March 20, 2016 at 12:07 am

    What about creatine?

  • Reply Wendy The Runt April 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Didn't catch 2:56… converts to 'gabba'? Also didn't catch how it affects anxiety?

    Would be really grateful if you cleared that up. Over the past five or so years of being ill I've had about 3 STRONG sensations just as I was nodding off to sleep It was terrible like I imagine being bitten by a venomous snake would feel like just complete terror running through my body… my 'doctor' casually said "it was probably an anxiety attack".

    To be honest I've come to realise that I always have that feeling (but to a lesser degree… ) it's like a constant uneasiness/sickness. Those 3 times it was just amplified massively.

  • Reply darksid33 April 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I guess everyone is different. Glutamine dramatically helped my leaky gut. i had no adverse affect when taking it. i built up my l glutamine intolerance for 2 weeks until i got up to 30 gram a day(4×7.5gram spread out through the day) for 3 days then i tapered off. doing this with probiotic and a healthy diet quickly sealed my gut. i also took digestive enzymes with meals. i tried bone broth at first but it didn't feel like it had the strength this had. plus this was a cheaper and easier alternative imo. this of course didn't treat the candida but it did stop the autoimmune response i was getting.

  • Reply Shannon Hultgren July 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I am loving how comprehensive this channel is, every keyword I type into your channel's search has a relevant video. Brilliant and informative channel!

  • Reply Dan Logan August 22, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Doc, can glutamine in capsule form, not powder feed candida?

  • Reply MrAragoncity October 6, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I have short bowel syndrome and Glutamine has done wonders for me. I only take about 6-7 grams a day.

  • Reply F Ghu January 21, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I only take 2 grams a day in night, since i cant find organic meat to make bone broth, i didnt notice anything …

  • Reply Miles April 2, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Could you please do a video about melatonin supplements?

  • Reply pchc April 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    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….. ABOUT THIS… Can I get beans with candida? Can I get pumpkin? I am confused….

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Check my range of candida supplements here: http://www.canxida.com/

  • Reply vitalino1981 January 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    3:45 – most important part.

  • Reply Green Shine January 24, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Sir can i use l-glutamine supplement that bodybuilders use to heal my leaky gut?

  • Reply Keep it real January 27, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Just wait until you knock down the fungus first.

  • Reply Kasey January 27, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Eric do you recommend if someone has symptoms, dysbiosis, inflammation, adrenal fatigue to see an ND to support the healing process? Are medical tests important for getting well or can you just follow a basic dysbiosis protocol
    I understand you can add foods back in to see how they make you feel but how long should you be strict with it? If you were taking fermented foods and herbs first month, would you then be okay to add a food that has white flour in it, sugar etc without it overgrowing or it just depends on the person?
    And, if you DO react to wheat, if you continue to consume foods you react to, will this just make the bacteria and candida overgrow again? Thank you so much!!

  • Reply nycgemini7222 April 25, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Great stuff as always Eric. Personally, glutamine wreaks havoc on my system. Quick query however, this might not be the right board however, have you posted a video on the advantages of the ketogenic diet and it's effectiveness in curing candida, or sibo?

  • Reply J bouie May 19, 2018 at 12:51 am

    I took l-glutamine and i thought i was going to die. My body did not like l-glutamine

  • Reply Almendra Rosas September 10, 2018 at 3:46 am

    I just got my own answer to one of my questions. Thank you Doc, what would I do without you ?

  • Reply blink99v February 14, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Also heard glycine helps with gut repair and then NAC for live detoix and glutathione production [i forget exactly]

  • Reply stagefright2012 March 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    You can't eat those things with diverticulosis or diverticulitis.

  • Reply SinatraKennedy April 8, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    L. Glutamine is an essential amino acid. Telling people to lay off is just closed minded. It heals ulcers, leaky gut and eliminates migraines. Its the most abundant amino acid in the body.

    I love your videos but ones like this make me think you are only interested in selling your products.

    The Ill symptoms you described are detox symptoms.

    Dang… I’ve lost respect for you! Glutamine changed my life but it took months of taking it and awful detox symptoms.

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