Why you Need L-Glutamine
Ella Tan | On 31, Jan 2015
Most of us, other than fitness buffs, don’t know anything about glutamine. It’s an essential amino acid and you should check it out because it can make a difference to your state of health. While it’s a must-have in the diet of anyone trying to build muscle, it also speeds up healing and has many other functions. If you’ve been especially stressed lately, you need it even more because your muscles are burning up more glutamine than usual – and there will be consequences!
Here’re the bare basics about L-Glutamine:
- It’s the most abundant amino acid (building block of protein) in the body.
- L-Glutamine supplementation is required in certain medical conditions, eg injuries, surgery, infections, and prolonged stress.
- Body builders and athletes take it to build muscle.
- It helps reduce infections post-surgery
- It helps protect the lining of the gastrointestinal tract eg in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Leaky gut.
1) Diet – plant and animal proteins such as beef, pork and poultry, milk, yogurt, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, raw spinach, raw parsley, and cabbage.
2) Supplements – in powder or capsules. Take with cold drinks. Heat destroys it.
Side effects: May be harmful to people with
- severe liver disease
- mental health issues
- Constance Koh
information: University of Maryland Medical Center