New health kicks can cause a craze and curiosity across the the wellness community. That’s why we’ve decided to break down this amino acid for you; Glutamine.
According to Examine.com, Glutamine is, “one of the 20 naturally occurring amino acids in dietary protein,” In healthy bodies, Glutamine is used in the body to:
- increase water retention in muscle cells,
- help signalling cell growth and to
- start intensifying production of protein and glycogen.
If your body does not produce enough Glutamine, it can weaken your immune system and cause a multitude of other issues. Your body needs Glutamine to recover from injuries, hence its key role in cell protection and growth. While this essential amino acid is linked to muscle growth, it may also be linked to fat loss. (source).
Athletes may have lower levels of Glutamine after an intense workout, which is why it’s important to fuel your body correctly to keep it healthy.
So we’ve established that Glutamine is essential, but how can we make sure we’re getting enough of it? Well, there are a couple ways to increase your levels of Glutamine.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Foods such as “beef, pork, poultry, milk, yogurt, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, raw spinach, raw parsley, and cabbage,” contain Glutamine and can increase your levels.
The University of Maryland Medical Center also states that “Glutamine, usually in the form of L-glutamine, is available by itself, or as part of a protein supplement. These come in powders, capsules, tablets, or liquids. Standard preparations are typically available in 500 mg tablets or capsules.”
So the next time you get a runny nose and sore legs after running a marathon, think about adding Glutamine to your diet to boost your immune system and help your muscles recover.
As always, you should speak to your doctor before taking any supplements or medications.