Your body naturally produces an amino acid that is capable of healing organs, muscle tissue, and improving their function. Imagine if this healing was enhanced by consuming it from natural sources? L-Glutamine, is an essential amino acid your body needs. This particular amino acid is tossed around the fitness industry for its benefits in helping avoid the pain of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). But there’s much more to this readily available gem.
Protein synthesis is a biological process where amino acids align to create proteins. This process promotes healthy intestines capable of absorbing nutrients, a high-functioning brain, muscle growth, increased athletic performance, and more. Because these are the building blocks of life, this process should be supported.
Hydrated muscles are healthy muscles and Glutamine allows muscles to absorb water and nutrients for optimal performance. After a heavy weight lifting session, your muscles are under stress and dehydrated. Glutamine helps rehydrate and repair. Glutamine is also a neurotransmitter; it improves cell hydration in the brain which can help improve memory, focus, and concentration.
Glutamine has a reputation for healing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. (Your GI tract starts at your mouth and ends with your colon.) That is a lot of internal real estate that Glutamine can help heal! If you suffer from issues like ulcers, IBS, Leaky Gut Syndrome, thyroid issues, food intolerances, skin issues, alcohol and sugar cravings, and yeast overgrowth .
L-Glutamine can be taken with food for easy absorption. Adults and athletes should take 2-5 grams at a time, not exceeding 10 grams a day. If you plan on taking Glutamine long term, add a serving of B12 to your regimen to help avoid any glutamine build up in the body. Glutamine can be beneficial to weight-lifters, long distance runners, and those just starting their fitness journey. Try adding it to your supplement routine this year.