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L-Glutamine Dosage for sugar cravings

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Created December 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM

For those of you who take L-Glutamine for sugar cravings, how much do you take?

I have a bottle of 1000 mg...How much and when should I be taking it? My cravings happen at around 3-4 pm...no matter WHAT I eat or don't eat (I??ve tried it all). When it is really bad, I find myself binging on anything sweet...paleo or not...I don't WANT it to happen, but it does and then I feel horrible about it.

Thanks in advance!

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on December 06, 2012
at 03:16 AM

www.iherb.com albion is the manufacturer. many brands use it. carlson is a good brand. glycinate is indeed chelated. im just telling you the exact brand, chemical structure, and doseage i took that worked for me.

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on December 06, 2012
at 02:05 AM

where can i find albion chromium glycinate by carlson labs? is it the same thing as chelated?

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on December 06, 2012
at 12:59 AM

yeah the chromium is working. im not only not craving, but im not even hungry. it mentally occurs to me to eat ice cream, like some removed analysis, but the chemical compulsion is totally absent. ive been on leangains for months, so that deprivation, combined with tasting sugar (ice cream, my childhood drug) for the first time in MANY years, was a perfect storm. the chromium has totally abolished it like some miracle cure. try it. take albion chromium glycinate (carlson labs) 200mcg five times a day, spread out for absorption.

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on December 05, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I live in Peru and it is so hard to find these things here...I was lucky enough to find this GNC brand. Thankfully I am traveling to Canada this month so I will make sure to grab some powder and give it a shot!

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on December 05, 2012
at 04:07 PM

How does it control blood sugar, do you know? Does it lower it or increase or both? I ask because I don't have very high blood sugar since going paleo (it was 77 when measured a week ago), so I don't think lowering would be very efficient?

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on December 05, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I could have written that thread myself! Seriously...the "drug addict" description is so perfect to describe what I feel. I don't know where I went wrong to be honest, I think I might have been too low carb and now my body is all kinds of crazy. Will give the Chromium a shot...I hope it helps me too! Thanks again!

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on December 05, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Check my thread here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/165429/coffee-causing-uncontrollable-sugar-cravings-akin-to-drug-addiction#axzz2EBUR1niE 2 days with the chromium and zero cravings. They were INTENSE before!

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on December 05, 2012
at 11:28 AM

i would recommend buying some powder, much better value as well.

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on December 05, 2012
at 09:46 AM

Thank you so much! I have a solid pill (GNC brand), not capsule or powder...how do you recommend I take that? Should I find a way to make it powder consistance or does the pill have the same effect?

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on December 05, 2012
at 09:43 AM

Thank you! I think I'm going to try it as well...been reading great things about it!

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on December 05, 2012
at 03:08 AM

See here for a bit more info: http://paleohacks.com/questions/104504/l-glutamine-chromium-to-reduce-sugar-cravings Personally I like glutamine supplementation quite a bit; it is used in the production of GABA. Chromium picolinate is reputed to help control blood sugar.

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on December 05, 2012
at 04:48 AM

I've been using chromium glycinate for my cravings, and so far, its been really helping alot.

1000mcg/day spread out.

58908e2a5be1d634e49c97da9f2558ce

(185)

on December 05, 2012
at 09:43 AM

Thank you! I think I'm going to try it as well...been reading great things about it!

673f7ad6052448d51496f177395416b7

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on December 06, 2012
at 02:05 AM

where can i find albion chromium glycinate by carlson labs? is it the same thing as chelated?

Medium avatar

(2417)

on December 06, 2012
at 03:16 AM

www.iherb.com albion is the manufacturer. many brands use it. carlson is a good brand. glycinate is indeed chelated. im just telling you the exact brand, chemical structure, and doseage i took that worked for me.

58908e2a5be1d634e49c97da9f2558ce

(185)

on December 05, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I could have written that thread myself! Seriously...the "drug addict" description is so perfect to describe what I feel. I don't know where I went wrong to be honest, I think I might have been too low carb and now my body is all kinds of crazy. Will give the Chromium a shot...I hope it helps me too! Thanks again!

Medium avatar

(2417)

on December 05, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Check my thread here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/165429/coffee-causing-uncontrollable-sugar-cravings-akin-to-drug-addiction#axzz2EBUR1niE 2 days with the chromium and zero cravings. They were INTENSE before!

Medium avatar

(2417)

on December 06, 2012
at 12:59 AM

yeah the chromium is working. im not only not craving, but im not even hungry. it mentally occurs to me to eat ice cream, like some removed analysis, but the chemical compulsion is totally absent. ive been on leangains for months, so that deprivation, combined with tasting sugar (ice cream, my childhood drug) for the first time in MANY years, was a perfect storm. the chromium has totally abolished it like some miracle cure. try it. take albion chromium glycinate (carlson labs) 200mcg five times a day, spread out for absorption.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 05, 2012
at 02:57 AM

I use to take glutamine a while back, before paleo (cravings went away after a while of paleo eating).
I think may be it did help a bit to stave off hunger/sugar cravings.
I recall reading that it also helps stave off alcohol cravings as well, & i also read (anecdotes) that cravings for alcohol and sugar are very similar.

Anyways, to your question, i believe (imo) for glutamine to have the required effect you are after, then you need to dissolve the powder in your mouth/under your tongue. The longer you can keep it in your mouth the better, ie. resist urge to swallow.

I would use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2 to 4 grams) if i felt i wanted to delay the urge to eat. I would do an initial 1/2 tsp, give it some time, then optionally another 1/2 tsp if required. As i say, it seemed to work, tho the action may have been placebo.

If your glutamine is in capsule form, you can try opening 2 to 4 capsules & give it a go. Tho it should really be 100% glutamine, so check your ingredients for fillers.

Best to go and buy some decent 100% powder (only ingredient is glutamine). fyi, the description of last stuff i used was;
micronised l-glutamine, laboratory hplc tested (this may be an Australian thing), naturally fermented, micronised to 320 mesh size (just a measurement of how fine the powder is).
The theory being that micronised powder increases absorption/bio-availability.

58908e2a5be1d634e49c97da9f2558ce

(185)

on December 05, 2012
at 09:46 AM

Thank you so much! I have a solid pill (GNC brand), not capsule or powder...how do you recommend I take that? Should I find a way to make it powder consistance or does the pill have the same effect?

58908e2a5be1d634e49c97da9f2558ce

(185)

on December 05, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I live in Peru and it is so hard to find these things here...I was lucky enough to find this GNC brand. Thankfully I am traveling to Canada this month so I will make sure to grab some powder and give it a shot!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on December 05, 2012
at 11:28 AM

i would recommend buying some powder, much better value as well.

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