Glutamine can be found in almost any vitamin or supplement shop. So why is it so important to have and what are the benefits?
WHAT IS GLUTAMINE
Glutamine is one of several amino acids we discussed in an earlier article. It is not considered essential, but it is without a doubt beneficial in a huge way. In a way a conditionally essential amino acid. Glutamine can most commonly be found in our muscle tissue, this is roughly where you can locate 90% of the glutamine in our bodies.
Glutamine is also very abundant in the blood stream as it makes up 35% of the nitrogen in your blood. Even our skeletal muscle muscle is made up of 60% glutamine which also helps to maintain balance of PH levels in the body.
As i mentioned just now, Glutamine is conditional. What that means is when our bodies are injured, ill or in a recovery state such as catabolic environment where cells are breaking down, Glutamine can help with that healing and recovery.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GLUTAMINE
When you train intensely your body begins to deplete levels of Glutamine in your body. This can reduce your stength, stamina as well as your recovery. This can even take several days even a week to get your glutamine levels back up to normal. Glutamine plays a very important role in protein synthesis as well as keeping metabolism balanced. So it is well worth keeping a scoop around in mixed in with either your pre-workout or post-workout to make sure its available when you need it most. Lets look at some other benefits as well:
- Is an important neurotransmitter in the brain which assists with concentration, memory and focus
- Improves diarrhea and IBS by balancing mucus production
- Promotes growth of muscles and decrease of catabolic wasting of muscle
- improves cellular detoxification and metabolism
- Fights cancer
- Improves gastrointestinal health because of its ability to rebuild and repair the intestines
- Heals ulcers as well as leaky gut which also prevents further damage
- Improves athletic performance as well as recovery from endurance exercise
- improves blood sugar as well as diabetes
- Reduces craving for alcohol and sugar
There are tons of reasons to consume Glutamine, some are for extreme healing needs like shown in the image below
WHAT ARE THE BEST SOURCES FOR GLUTAMINE
Glutamine can be found in many sources ranging from animal proteins, dairy, plant based protein sources like raw spinach, red cabbage, and beans. But for the highest sources of glutamine within foods you should look to:
- Wild caught fish like Tuna, Cod or Salmon
- Bone Broth
- Grass fed beef
- Broccoli Raab
- Cottage Cheese
I hope you found this article on Glutamine Benefits for Recovery and More helpful.
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