Anxiety can lead to sleeplessness can lead to anxiety. A vicious cycle. Get a good sleep and performance the next day is improved. However, fatigue leads to a drop in performance which can lead to irritability, anxiety and shortened attention spans.
To get a good nights rest a balanced supply of certain nutrients is important. Findings in the study of amino acids has found that glutamine has a calming effect and couteracts symptoms of stress.
To balance body and soul, a balanced supply of necessary nutrients is important. New findings in the field of food supplements stress the importance of amino acids.
1). The amino acid glutamine is involved in many metabolic processes. It stabilises the immune system, strengthens the intestinal cells and helps against stress, depression and anxiety - (Study in Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition - Vol 17).
Glutamine is found in great abundance in bone broth and Is measurably higher in Best of the Bone - a bone gelatin/broth concentrate.
"Glutamine is the most important supplier of energy to the immune and intestinal cells. If there is a deficiency in this amino acid, these cells become sluggish and they cannot function properly. Several studies show that concentrations of glutamine in the body are diminished during times of physical or psychological stress. At the same time, the number of cell-damaging free radicals skyrockets. This creates a chain reaction: with the decreasing glutamine content, the cells do not have the fuel to carry out their functions. The immune system is weakened and the intestinal mucosa gradually loses its protective effect. In extreme cases it can lead to “leaky gut syndrome” - the intestine “leaks” allowing foreign matter through its defensive shield and the mucous membrane into the blood system." (Amino acids.com reference)
Including a cup of bone broth before bed has shown to improve quality of sleep and reduce tension (and we know grass-fed bone broth is amongst the most effective natural dietary foods to remedy intestinal leaks). It is especially at times of stress, tension, hectic and physical strain that it makes sense to increase your broth in-take with a glutamine-rich food source such as Best of the Bone.
The immune and intestinal cells in particular need plenty of this amino acid as they divide and renew themselves very quickly. If enough glutamine is available, the immune and intestinal cells are stabilised, the body's defence system and the intestinal mucosa are strengthened thereby preventing and counteracting the symptoms of stress.
2) Glutamine calms and strengthens the psyche
Patients with exhaustion and cerebral disorders often show a deficiency of glutamic acid. Anxiety, sleeplessness and lack of concentration are also connected to this.
The body produces glutamine from glutamic acid and vice versa. Glutamine increases the production of GABA, gamma-amino-butyric acid. GABA is the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter of the brain. That means it acts like a lock keeper and inhibits signal transmissions between the nerve cells. It is like a natural sedative in the brain. If the body has enough glutamine available it can manufacture GABA. This has a positive impact: peace of mind, balance in stressful situations, improved concentration4 and restorative sleep. Glutamine also functions supportively in the treatment of depression.
3). Glutamine improves cerebral performance
Poor memory and lack of concentration can be improved by the amino acid glutamine in combination with the vitamin B niacin. A portion of glutamine in blood is transformed into glutamic acid in the brain. It functions foremost as fuel, but it also disposes of excessive ammonia by binding to this cellular toxin and converting itself to glutamine. Elimination of this cell toxin prevents negative effects on cerebral function, increases the ability to concentrate, and improves both long-term and short-term memory.
Best of the Bone feeds the body glutamine and also provides the healthy fats that improve the absorption of the nutrients including all of the amino acids available from the bone broth.
Adding vitamin B from green leafy sources into your broth has shown added benefits for cerebral performance and detoxification.
The easiest way to ensure adequate stress relief - a cup of Best of the Bone before bed. Simply put the kettle on and pour of cup, try with some ginger - the new organic ginger and turmeric is ideal for a late night cup.
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