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Top 10 Food Containing Glutamine

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Ricotta cheeseGlutamine is a non-essential amino acid, which means if required it can be synthesized in our body. When we consume Food Containing Glutamine, the amino acid helps maintain the intestinal tract, helps in the production of a key antioxidant enzyme (glutathione), ensures acid base balance, and maintains muscle mass. Inadequate intake of glutamine leads to a weak immune system and heightened intestinal permeability. Higher levels of glutamine are required in the following conditions; regular high intensity exercise, severe burns, colds, irritable bowel syndrome, and muscle wasting.


Sufficient dietary intake of glutamine can help prevent/manage alcoholism, chemotherapy side effects, food allergies, HIV, irritable bowel syndrome, candida overgrowth, severe burns, and ulcerative colitis.  Specific dietary intake recommendations of the amino acids have not been defined. Read more to find out about glutamine rich foods.


Food Sources of Glutamine

Glutamine is found in protein rich foods like including beef, chicken, fish, beans, and dairy products. Wheat, cabbage, beets, beans, spinach, parsley, nuts and tofu also contain considerable amounts of glutamine.


Top 10 Food Containing Glutamine


  1. Meat and Poultry: Beef, chicken, pork, and their products are excellent sources of glutamine.
  2. Seafood: Like most proteins all types of fish are good sources of glutamine.
  3. Organ meat: Organ meat, especially liver from any animal is a good source of glutamine.
  4. Milk and Milk Products: Milk, yoghurt, cheese, especially ricotta cheese are one of the richest source of this amino acid.
  5. Eggs: Eggs from any source and in any form contain high amounts of glutamine.
  6. Protein bars: Specially concocted protein bars provide all the amino acids in appropriate quantities including glutamine.
  7. Energy Drinks: Certain energy drinks contain glutamine, and are regularly consumed by athletes and people indulging in heavy exercise.
  8. Beans and Legumes: All types of beans and legumes are excellent sources of glutamine for vegans.
  9. Vegetables: Vegetables like cabbage, beets, spinach, kale, parsley, wheatgrass and wheat are good sources of glutamine. The glutamine in cooked vegetables is denatured, thus raw vegetables are better sources.
  10. Nuts: Different nuts contain different levels of glutamine, and consumption of nuts in limited quantities can prove to be a vital source of the amino acid.


Glutamine has many health benefits , as mentioned earlier it can be produced in our body. Production of the amino requires a particular B vitamin, ‘Niacin’. Learn more about the Top 10 Food Containing Niacin  in our article.


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Top 10 Food Containing Glutamine