However, recent discoveries surrounding Glutamine, an amino acid, have linked it to the most important functions of the body’s vial organs and system. This includes healing stomach and colon disorders, liver malfunctions and the strengthening of muscles. Inadequate supplies of Glutamine are responsible for the wasting of facial and body muscle and for the weakness that accompanies fever or other stressful illness.
A similar discovery was made more than two hundred years ago. Lemons and Limes were found to prevent scurvy in sailors who ate them on long voyages. Seaman who did not suffer rickets, skin atrophy and loss of hair. Many left home ports as young men and came home looking aged beyond their years.
The supplemental use of Glutamine may be as important to people recovering from illness or stress related to aging as lemons and limes were to sailors wishing to avoid scurvy.
I have written a great deal about the importance of crèmes that transdermally deliver protein into the skin during treatments. Proteins made up of amino acids function as the building blocks of the skin (and body). They also are orchestrated by all the body’s enzymes and many important hormones known as peptides. Proteins provide energy to the skin and tissue repair. In the human body twenty important amino acids are used to make proteins. From this group of twenty, NINE amino acids are considered essential and eleven are considered non-essential.
By essential, we mean that the body cannot create the amino acid on its own, the amino acid must be provided from an outside source (such as a Transdermal crème). By non-essential, we man that the amino acid can be manufactured in sufficient quantities by the body’s own tissues.
Histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
Alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, asparagine, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, serine, cystine and tyrosine.
Glutamine was considered a nonessential amino acid for many years, But recent research has changed this view and since the 1980’s, Glutamine has been considered a CONDITIONALLY ESSENTIAL AMINO ACID.
This means that under normal circumstances (such as when we are young with few skin problems) the body can synthesize adequate quantities of the amino acid. BUT IN TIMES OF STRESS SUCH AS ACNE, FEVER, ILLNESS, DIETING, HORMONAL FLUCTUATION OR CHEMOTHERAPY the skin and body cannot provide as much Glutamine as it requires. AN additional amount of the amino acid must be delivered both internally and topically to prevent a deficiency.
Common sense, I was always a great believer in preventative therapy. For years, I have had mothers bring their ten-year-old kids into our clinics and ask “when should they start taking care of their skin?”
I always tell them “the day before yesterday”! One does not WAIT until the ravages of time or skin disease shows its ugly head in one’s mirror!
I cannot possibly embark on writing about all the important roles Glutamine plays in our skin and body in this one article. The research is vast and overwhelmingly conclusive. Hence, I will illuminate my readers on one important aspect, the muscles of the face.
Muscle cells are fused together into myofilaments. Within each cell are the contractile fibers (fibers that contract and constrict) actin and myosin. When a nerve tells a muscle to contract, these fibers interact and shorten, resulting in a contraction of the muscle. The more times it contracts, the stronger it gets and the firmer the face and neck. The actin and myosin are surrounded by cytoplasm, which is the storage center for many of the cell’s structures, lying between the actin-myosin bundles are the mitochondria. Mitochondria are the energy source of every cell, much like a furnace makes energy for heating your house.
In muscle cells, under healthy conditions, extra large amounts of Glutamine are floating freely, ready to be used as fuel, a new protein or other important compounds and amino acid activity.
When your clients are metabolically stressed, however, they become catabolic, which means that their tissues are breaking down. When a client is metabolically stressed, the facial muscles produce significantly more Glutamine in an effort to maintain blood levels and capillary activity. The capillary loops of course, are responsible in bringing blood, along with oxygen, to the skin cells and remove toxins.
At this point concentrations of Glutamine within the muscle cells may fall by at least 50%. If enough protein is not delivered to the skin through TRANSDERMAL therapy to meet the demands, the muscles begin to break down to supply the skin with Glutamine. I had observed this in the late 1960’s, but my observations were only supported by clinical trials. Now we have other research supporting the necessity of Glutamine in treatment formulas. This is particularly apparent in what we call “muscle banding enzymatic treatments. There have been non-surgical “neck lifts” so striking that even I was skeptical until I actually met the client in person.
Of course this type of result will take several treatments to achieve and will have to be maintained at home religiously. But once they observe a dramatic skin tightening effect like this, the client usually finds it worth the trouble of up keep. Even a surgical neck lift is temporary.
We have some surgeons we research for that offer a combination of both the topical treatment and surgical neck lifting.
In addition to its other functions glutathione is the main scavenger of toxic ingredients in the body. For many years, researchers overlooked the role Glutamine plays in the formation of glutathione.