WHAT IS GLUTAMINE?
Glutamine can be naturally found in beans, poultry, fish and dairy products. Glutamine is one of the most abundant amino acids in the body. It is called a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning that the body is able to manufacture Glutamine on its own, but during times of extreme stress (such as following an intense workout), the body is not able to produce enough and may benefit from supplemental Glutamine. Glutamine plays a role in the metabolism of protein while strengthening the immune system and supporting recovery. This important amino acid can help with the removal of lactic acid and prevent DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
INCREASES Protein Sythesis and Nitrogen Retention.
GLUTAMINE MAY DIMINISH MUSCLE CATABOLISM
Glutamine also helps to diminish catabolism caused by an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which is elevated during exercise. A recent study conducted on the effects of glutamine on the muscle found that glutamine actually blocks the action of cortisol’s interference with muscle protein synthesis and repair. This study shows that glutamine can provide an anti-catabolic effect. It can minimize the amount of muscle breakdown and can be particularly helpful when consumed after working out, when catabolism is at its peak.
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue and has recently been shown by research to increase the number of HSPs (Heat Shock Proteins). Aside from its well-known ability to help exercise recovery and boost immune function, Glutamine helps to create new muscle tissue by increasing HSPs. Glutamine has also been shown to speed post-workout recovery by increasing the absorption of key electrolytes.