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Jun 29th, 2011

Alertness & Memory – Part 3

As 25% of all the body’s metabolic activity occurs in the brain, the waste product of this activity, ammonia, will be much more concentrated there than anywhere else. Even a minor shortage. of glutamic acid causes the ammonia levels to rise slightly, leading to fatigue, confusion, and inability concentrate, and exaggerated mood swings – problems that are common to almost all of us at some point. Supplementing with extra glutamic acid helps avoid these symptoms by combining with the ammonia to produce nontoxic glutamine.

There is, however, one problem, with taking supplementary glutamic acid. Scientists have found that it doesn’t easily cross the blood-brain barrier, a membrane that protects the brain cells from poisons carried in the blood. Glutamine, on the other hand, crosses this barrier with ease. One in the brain, it will convert to glutamic acid before combining with ammonia and converting back to glutamine. This why we recommend that you take glutamine rather than glutamic acid.

Come back tomorrow for part 4!

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