Many of us workout in the gyms but, most of us are unaware of many things that are associated with workouts and our body. Glutamine is one such thing and many of us are unaware of what is its role in our body.
Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids that are used to make protein. Glutamine can be found in muscle tissue, plasma, and in nearly every animal product you gulp down. It is found in animal-derived protein sources such as meats, dairy products, and eggs.
Glutamine is critically important to a wide range of bodily processes and our body can produce enough to meet its needs under normal circumstances but, not always. It is more essential for our body if we regularly work out.
During intense workouts the need for glutamine is higher than the body’s capability to produce it. Apart from workouts, during conditions of stress such as illness, burns, surgery or fasting, the body’s requirement of Glutamine is so high that it cannot be met by its slow rate of synthesis. Since we use it faster than we produce it, we must supplement it in our diet. It might thus become necessary to consume dietary sources of glutamine when our body is under tremendous pressure
Glutamine increases the amount of circulating plasma growth hormone. An increased amount of the growth hormone will help you stay leaner and stronger. Lack of Glutamine or Glutamine depletion can lead to extreme drop in IMMUNE SYSTEM function making the body vulnerable to infections.
Glutamine is also helpful for reducing muscle soreness and faster muscle recovery post workouts. Glutamine is a strong ANTI-CATABOLIC, powerfully reducing muscle breakdown caused through workout related muscle stress.
Interestingly, for years high levels of glutamine have been used for patients involved in high trauma accidents to prevent muscle loss. The same theory applies when you workout, if you supplement Glutamine, your body won’t need to break muscle and pull Glutamine out of it
The dosage of glutamine can be 10 grams on your workout days and 5 grams on non workout days. The best times to use glutamine is directly after exercise (5 gms) and right before bed (5 grams). On rest days, 5gms can be consumed before bed.