My glutamine level is low. I am vegetarian and wonder if that could be part of it or could it be something else?
Glutamine is considered a conditionally essential amino acid, which means that your body is able to synthesize it, but it becomes essential under periods of physical and emotional stress, systemic illness, high metabolic activity or severe deficiency in the diet. It is synthesized primarily in muscle and levels are related to muscle mass with lower levels occurring with lower muscle mass or muscle wasting disease. It is also the amino acid in the highest concentration in your blood stream. A low level could be due to measurement error (a common reason), metabolic stress, muscle wasting or diet deficiency. Supplementation and muscle strengthening is effective at improving this deficiency
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego