Glutamine use explainedGlutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid, which means in certain circumstances the body is unable to produce enough stores to meet its needs. Research has shown that your natural glutamine stores can be decreased by up to 50% after prolonged intensive exercise. When the body is in a low glutamine condition numerous important physiological functions can be negatively affected, including muscle protein synthesis, growth hormone production, digestive health and immunity and antioxidant function.
Why maintain a good glutamine intake?
The expert’s view
L-Glutamine is an amino acid which possesses multiple benefits to athletes and fitness buffs. It plays an active role in muscle cell volumisation, enhances the anabolic environment of the body and has been shown to improve the immune system in addition to accelerating the recovery from intense physical exercise. Glutamine has also been associated with improving fat loss through the regulation of blood sugar levels.From Dominic Swift BSc MSc Sport and Exercise Science