What Is Glutamine

2014-04-17 07:04:10

Glutamine is one of 20 amino acids encoded by the standard genetic code. It is essential amino acids in certain stressful situations that our bodies & mind endure such as athletic training. Glutamine is critical for body muscle regeneration it does this by maintaining tissue repair, cell volumizing & cells health. Glutamine is also useful in retaining nitrogen in the body. It can be found in high concentrations in the brain, muscles, gut lining, lungs, heart, kidneys, & liver.

Function & Benefits:

  1. Energy for immune system.
  2. Promotes synthesis of GABA (chief inhibitory neuro-transmitter in the vertebrae central nervous system) many believe that this enhances mental function. Good for students & athletes alike.
  3. Maintains intestinal lining
  4. Synthesized muscle protein & cell volumizing.
  5. Aids in muscle repair.
  6. Assists with blood sugar control.
  7. Helps produce growth hormone levels
  8. Studies have shown that Glutamine can cure ulcers. 1.6 grams/day had a 92% cure rate.
  9. Increases nitrogen retention.
  • Low levels of Glutamine can result in infections. This is a result of our bodies releasing Cortisol during times of increased stress from illness or high-intensity workouts. (Cortisol is released during stress and it increases blood sugar, suppresses the immune system, aids in fat protein & carbohydrate metabolism. It also decreases bone formation and lowers glutamine levels that are stored in the body.)
  • Weight Loss/Loss of Muscle Mass. Catabolism or muscle breakdowns can occur if the body robs muscles of Glutamine for use elsewhere.

Where can it be found?

Glutamine can be found in:

  • Fish
  • Legumes
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Poultry

* it is easily destroyed by cooking. If eaten raw spinach & parsley are great sources of it.

Glutamine For Athletes

Glutamine has been shown to decrease incidence of infections & illness in endurance athletes, weight-lifters, fighters and other athletes involved in extreme training regimes. It maintains muscle mass by preventing protein breakdown and improves glycogen synthesis increasing muscle glycogen storage.

As a fighter I use Glutamine on a daily basis. Especially when preparing for a fight! Professional fighters whether it be MMA fighters, wrestlers, or boxers endure extremely hard training regimens. This includes strict dieting due to making weight, which results in dehydration and potential mood swings. I will get to this later part later. MMA fighters have to do intense cardio, wrestle, roll (jiu-jitsu), strength train etc Due to this our Glutamine levels become severely depleted which can result in loss of muscle and pretty much all the negative aspects of depleted Glutamine resources in the body. Now the mood swings...Glutamine has been shown in clinical studies to alter moods for the better. I will cover this in a later blog.

Glutamine Supplements

I use Allmax Japanese Micronized L-Glutamine supplement. Have been using it for a while and its been great so far. There are many others on the market so feel free to research and choose the one that best suits your needs.

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Marvin Hunter

2014-04-21 10:55:29
I'm one of those athletes who works hard, has seen tons of progress but is still struggling with the recovery portion. I just can't get my head around which protein I should be taking, what a good after workout meal is, all that. This blog spelled it out to me and I now understand that glutamine is definitely something that I should be taking after my workouts. You guys are helping me build my better body!

Felicia Monroe

2014-04-22 10:45:50
I'm in the process of buying vitamins to help with my weight loss, and muscle development. I've always been into lifting weights and making my body better but I hadn't really considered vitamins and that. Thanks for the blog.

Alivia Cruger

2014-05-14 10:15:05
I take vitamins every day because I'm a vegetarian but I also work out daily, with heavy weights. I've never really understood what supplements I should be taking or what I may not be getting enough of. Thanks for the blog it's opened my eyes and given me an avenue to do more research!

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