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Lysine and Stress

An interesting study concludes that foods fortified with Lysine can reduce anxiety and stress in people whose diets are Lysine-deficient. This reflects the importance of the relationship between amino acid nutrition and mental health and more specifically, Lysine and stress.

The amino acid Lysine is a vital building block for all protein in the body. Lysine plays a major role in calcium absorption; building muscle protein; recovering from surgery or sports injuries; and the body’s production of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies.

This important amino acid is found in many foods, and is easily consumed as part of a balanced diet. High protein foods such as such as eggs, meat (specifically red meat, lamb, pork, and poultry), soy, cheese (particularly Parmesan), and certain fish (such as cod and sardines) contain Lysine.

However, Lysine deficiencies can be found in communities consuming wheat as a staple food. Lysine is the limiting amino acid (the essential amino acid found in the smallest quantity in the particular foodstuff) in most cereal grains.

Lysine and stress  — reduction through fortification

As part of a three-month wheat fortification trial, dietary data were collected on five impoverished communities in northwest Syria, who depended mainly on wheat for their dietary supply of protein.

The study, reported by Nevin Scrimshaw, Miro Smriga, Shibani Ghosh, et al, from the Food and Nutrition Program, United Nations University, hypothesized that fortifying a lysine-deficient diet in poor communities would reduce anxiety and stress, and improve the quality of life. In other words, they believed that there was a genuine connection between Lysine and stress.

The study found that people on the lysine fortification diet reported significantly reduced chronic anxiety. Results indicate that not only long-term anxiety but also acute stress response is lessened by lysine fortification.

It is hoped that stress-related problems, which range from high anxiety to infectious diseases, will be solved by offering lysine fortified foods to other impoverished populations with no other source of dietary protein.


  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC420386/
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysine

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  1. Walgreen’s
  2. GNC


L-glutamine Amino Acid and Depression

Is there a link between L-glutamine and depression?  Definitely!  It certainly appears that L-glutamine is a vital amino acid that increases positive outlook and relieves depression.  

L-glutamine is one of the major energy sources for the brain and without enough L-glutamine the brain relies on glucose for fuel which is why we crave sugar when we are stressed or sad.  Without enough fuel to function, the brain slumps and the result is a decrease in mental function, a sense of ‘the blues’ and a fundamental lack of motivation.

L-glutamine provides a healthy fuel for the whole body, not just the brain. Too much glucose can cause obesity, diabetes and many other diseases including cancers. Illness contributes to depression as well and it is important to keep the body healthy in order for the mind to be happy.  L-glutamine is a better fuel in this respect then glucose.

Connection between L-glutamine and depression may be in glucose balance

L-glutamine also helps relieve depression by being a more sustained, long burning fuel then glucose.  Glucose gives a large surge of energy that is inevitably followed by a crash that leaves the body craving more sugar and feeling depressed.  The result of this is addictive behaviour, a constant need to increase the amount of sugar ingested and that results in more feelings of depression.

Stress is also a frequent culprit for causes of depression.  Constant stress causes wear and tear on the whole body as a system, including the brain.  Stress also releases many hormones that result in feelings of unhappiness that can lead to long term depression. In order to heal from stress, the body needs to heal the damage done to its proteins and all of these damaged proteins can be synthesized from L-glutamine.  By taking L-glutamine to heal the damage caused by stress you can also prevent or help to recover from depression.

L-glutamine is a precursor to GABA – another relaxing amino acid

L-glutamine also enhances nervous system functions and is a precursor to the amino acid GABA.  GABA is an anxiety quelling amino acid and increased levels of GABA can help to prevent the stress from too much worry.  Worry can quickly lead to feelings of helplessness and depression.  L-glutamine helps by giving your body the building blocks to replenish its supply of GABA and gives the sense of competency to deal with anxiety and depression.

L-glutamine can be found in many high protein foods such as chicken, fish, beef, beans, dairy products, cabbage and beets. It can also be very useful to use a supplement to be sure to get all the L-glutamine you need to recover or prevent depression.

The author of this story, Michelle Carraway, is a freelance contributor to National Nutraceuticals’ online news portals, which include Medicinal Mushroom Information Center, Amino Acid Information Center, Vancouver Health News and Today’s Word of Wisdom.  The opinions are the writer’s own and the owner and publisher of the site assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the content. Our articles are for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only. Please do your own due diligence, verify any health claims by doing additional research and consult your doctor before starting any supplementation program or making any lifestyle changes, including changes to your medication and supplementation.