LEF opposed glutamine supplementation
- I found the LEF article in which the foundation states its concerns about
"One cause of brain cell death is glutamate toxicity. Brain cells use
glutamate as a neurotransmitter, but unfortunately glutamate is a
double-edged sword in that it can also kill aging brain cells. The release
of glutamate from the synapses is a usual means by which neurons communicate
with each other.
Effective communication means controlled release of glutamate at the right
time to the right cells, but when glutamate is released in excessive
amounts, intercellular communication ceases. The flood of glutamate onto the
receiving neurons drives them into hyperactivity, and the excessive activity
leads to cellular degradation. The Life Extension Foundation has never
recommended glutamine supplements for healthy people because of concern
about glutamine-induced brain cell damage."
-LEF Magazine August 1998
See my web page also at www.optexinc.com/glutaminerisks.htm