Glutamine is the most abundant of the 20 amino acids found in proteins. It is converted to glucose when the body requires more energy. This conversion can provide fuel for athletes. Glutamine also aids in maintaining the proper acid/alkaline balance in the body and is important for the synthesis of RNA and DNA. Glutamine is involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid. It is the main fuel utilized by both the digestive and immune systems and is the primary conductor of nitrogen to the muscles. A glutamine molecule is 19 percent nitrogen. Glutamine is found in high concentrations in the brain, muscles, intestinal lining, lungs, heart, kidney, and liver. Glutamine is a nonessential amino acid because it can be made by the body. Blood levels of L-glutamine will fall significantly after strenuous exercise and will stay low until complete recovery. Supplementation with L-glutamine may reduce the recovery time following demanding workouts by replacing what is lost in catabolic processes.
Health Benefits of Glutamine
Glutamine is essential for several bodily functions. It assists with blood sugar control, plays a major role in synthesizing muscle protein and cell volumizing, provides energy and helps to regulate the reproduction of the cells lining the intestinal tract. During periods of intense sports training, reduced glutamine levels can take place. Glutamine is converted to glutamic acid in the brain which in turn is used to synthesize GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter for mental activity.
Purity and Concentration of Glutamine
This pharmaceutical-grade amino acid does not contain any fillers, additives or anti-caking agents.
Suggested Use of Glutamine
As a dietary supplement, take 1 level scoop (5g) mixed with cold liquids 1 to 3 times daily. On training days take first serving 20 minutes prior to workout, second serving immediately following workout, and third serving before sleep. On non-training days, space your servings evenly throughout the day with your last serving before sleep.