How to Beat Cravings with Glutamine

So this is a food supplement I used when I gave up smoking and drinking  back in September 2012.  It was advocated by Patrick Holford and I gave up both substances successfully for three months without too many cravings.  This supplement is called Glutamine and is used for the control of cravings.


As you know on giving up drinking for good I replaced booze with chocolate and other sweet things and have been struggling to wean myself off sugar as detailed in my giving up for lent posts.

So I’m going to do another experiment because of this blog post I came across is anything to go by if I give this supplement a go for a few weeks my cravings for anything, and I’m hoping particularly sugar, will be banished for good.  A big promise and I’ll do a weekly update of how it’s going as I did with my sugar detox.  Although the blog post I’m citing recommends Glutamine for sugar cravings I think this neuro-transmitter supplement could be used for booze too – let’s face it it’s liquid sugar!!

Here’s what the Food Renegade said:

If you’ve been wondering how to beat sugar cravings without relying on will power alone, I am about to make your day. Maybe your week! Or your month! Heck, why not call a spade a spade and say I’ll make your whole year?

So, here’s the deal. According to Dr. Ross, we’re all likely deficient in some neurotransmitter or another. Any number of things can set off a deficiency in us.

  • Maybe you eat a nutrient-poor diet without enough protein to supply the right balance of amino acids to make adequate amounts of certain neurotransmitters.
  • Maybe you had a loved one die, and the stress has eaten away at you.
  • Maybe you lost a job, or have experienced some other huge financial stress.
  • Perhaps you got pregnant or gave birth. Both are extremely hard on your body.
  • Maybe you had a period of too little sleep, or an overly critical boss, or experienced some other emotional wound.

Whatever the reason, you over-stressed and exhausted yourself to the point where your body is now severely deficient in one or more neurotransmitters.

According to Dr. Ross, that deficiency is so deep that simply eating a diet of whole, traditionally-prepared foods will not be enough to correct the deficiency in two-thirds of us!

Instead, for those two-thirds of us, we need a little extra help.

We can supplement with the amino acid precursors our bodies need to make the neurotransmitters we’re deficient in and give ourselves a boost!

If you’re eating a fabulously nutrient-rich diet, that extra supplementation will only have to last for a month or two — just long enough to resolve the deficiency.

Once the deficiency is resolved, your diet can supply all you need until you once again fall prey to the life stressors that cause these deficiencies in the first place.

According to Dr. Ross, sugar addiction is one of our worst enemies. Because of it, we eat a diet rich in the refined carbohydrates of industrialization, displacing the nutrient-rich foods that can actually supply us with enough dietary amino acids we need to stave off neurotransmitter deficiencies.

But overcoming that addiction is next to impossible with willpower alone.

That’s because, according to her findings, sugar is 4 times as addictive as cocaine!

Thus, every fibre of our being will be screaming for sugar — even if it’s displacing the very foods we need to eat more of in order to start feeling better.

Some people have strong wills, and they can just plow through their sugar addiction even while their body is suffering intense withdrawal. Eventually (in about a week or so), the cravings become more managable. After a month of avoiding refined sugar, the cravings disappear to almost nothing.

If you’re one of those will power driven people, congratulations! I envy you.

For the rest of us, we need a little help.

According to Dr. Ross, the amino acid L-glutamine will stop those sugar cravings in their tracks.

She recommends supplementing with 500mg 3-4 times per day — usually during the times when you’ve got the lowest blood sugar.

But does it really work for cravings?

YES. Within ten minutes of a dose of L-Glutamine, my sugar cravings disappear. If they don’t, I just take another dose.

It’s that simple, and it works every time!

According to Dr. Ross, my body will have been weaned off sugar within a month, and I won’t need to supplement with L-Glutamine any more.

That’s because it really does only take about that long to beat a sugar addiction to the point that you no longer have cravings. And, if I undergo a particularly stressful time of my life, I can now reach for the L-Glutamine instead of the sugar to help me cope.

Or if I do what many addicts do and completely fall off the wagon, that’s okay. I now know how to beat my sugar cravings back again.

And now you do, too!

So I’ll let you know how I get on and at the end of the experiment if it has worked I’ll let you know where I sourced my L-Glutamine 🙂

13 thoughts on “How to Beat Cravings with Glutamine

  1. 🙂 Yes, L-glutamine, the well remembered eggs from the morning after :-/

    I’m currently letting go of the sugar and notice that after 5 – 6 days of binging my body starts to dislike it. That comes in handy because I’m currently not in the right place to do it on information or will power.

    Btw: did you know the free, online alcohol desensitation thing I follow also has a sugar version? I started but I had not been exact in the filling in of the preceding questionairre so I got food groups in there which were not my issue. Or maybe I should say: I did not want to quit chips too. 😀

    xx, Feeling

    1. Oooh there is a sugar one too feeling? Quitting chips WITH mayonnaise – I would struggle too! 😉 xx

    1. Hi Claire I’ve bought the L-Glutamine tablets from Holland and Barrett and it is included in the penny sale so you can pick up two bottles for the price of one! 🙂

    1. Hi Suzanne Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog! No offence taken either 🙂

  2. Hmm…
    I couldn’t find the research Dr. Ross uses to make her claim that most of us are severely deficient in one or more neurotransmitters. And while it seems that glutamine supplementation may be useful for people experiencing acute, traumatic physical injury, there’s insufficient evidence for the benefits of glutamine on chronic stress, mood problems, or addiction. WebMD summarizes it nicely here:

    That being said, it doesn’t seem to cause harm to an otherwise healthy person (except to your wallet). Consider, though, that you have no way of controlling for the placebo effect, unless you’re willing to have a friend potentially replace all your glutamine pills with… ahem… sugar pills.

    1. Glutamine is used in body building as you say SC and thanks for the link. Yes maybe it is placebo effect but I’m prepared to be a one woman lab rat for a few weeks 😉

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