L-Glutamine is an amino acid produced in your body. It is in fact the most common amino acid in your muscles, making up 61% of your skeletal tissue. It is also one of the 20 amino acids encoded by the standard genetic code. It isn’t considered one of the “essential” amino acids, but it can become essential in times of intense athletic training or gastrointestinal disease.
L-Glutamine is a gentle yet effective supplement known to benefit many ailments and deficiencies and to enhance our body’s natural L-Glutamine production. During times of stress or sporting intensity, this little beauty may give you the edge to perform at your peak and encourage a more effective recovery.
What can L-Glutamine do for you?
• May Increase metabolism and brain function
• May Help you lose weight
• May assist Cell hydration
• May helps with gut ulcers
• May be beneficial for muscle and digestive health
• May assist in repairing the mucous lining in the gut
• May assist in helping with addictions
One of L-Glutamine’s main roles in the body is to support detoxification by cleansing the body from high levels of ammonia. It acts as a buffer and converts excess ammonia into other amino acids, amino sugars and urea.
What happens when I exercise?
Doing approximately one hour of exercise can cause a 40 percent reduction of glutamine in the body. It can also cause suppressed immune function. This has a negative impact on your resistance training and may lead to over-training syndrome. L-glutamine benefits long distance athletes as well by boosting the immune system (T-helper cells).
During an intense workout, your body becomes stressed and your muscles and tendons require more glutamine than the amount supplied by a normal diet. Therefore, after an intense workout the levels of cellular glutamine can drop by 50 percent and plasma levels by 30 percent! This muscle-wasting state is a gateway for the body to use your muscle for energy rather than carbohydrates, however, glutamine can prevent this from happening.
Foods With L-Glutamine Benefits
L-glutamine can be found in animal proteins such as meats and dairy, along with plant-based protein
sources such as beans, raw spinach, parsley and red cabbage.
It’s worth noting, though, that animal proteins are not as easily digestible as plant proteins.
• Bone Broth
• Grass-fed Beef
• Chinese Cabbage
• Cottage Cheese
• Wild Caught Fish (Cod, Tuna and Salmon)