Glutamine, a conditionally essential amino acid, is made from glutamic acid, another amino acid, by the action of the enzyme glutamine synthetase. The majority of glutamine is stored in skeletal muscle tissue, with the remainder in the lungs, liver, brain, and stomach. A healthy, unstressed body is highly efficient at synthesizing all the glutamine it needs to facilitate nitrogen metabolism, fuel the cells that line the intestine, support protein synthesis and serve as a critical substrate for the cellular immune response.
Glutamine becomes an essential amino acid (consume from diet) when the body is under great stress, trauma or illness. In addition, some research has shown that intense training may deplete the body’s stores resulting in a decrease in strength, stamina and recovery.
Supplementation with L-Glutamine may provide the following benefits:
- Prevents your muscle from being catabolized (eaten up) in order to provide Glutamine for other cells in the body.
- Helps to maintain cell volume and hydration which speeds up wound healing.
- Increases the production human growth hormone which helps the body metabolize fat and support new muscle growth.
- Boosts the immune system to ward off infections and illness.
- Repairs and maintains the intestines which prevents “leaky gut syndrome”.
- Improves blood sugar control which helps with diabetes and providing lasting energy.
- Helps to maintain memory, focus and concentration for more efficient and effective workouts.