L-glutamine an amino acid that can be used in the post-workout recovery process to help manage muscle damage that can occur from intense training, and is also a very effective intestinal and immune system health compound, as the cells your gut use glutamine as a preferred fuel source rather than glucose.
L-glutamine is considered to be a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning in normal and healthy environments your body produces enough L-glutamine to stay balanced. However, when your body is stressed, training at a high level, or undernourished, it might not be able to keep your production of L-glutamine at the level it needs. This is especially true for vegans and vegetarians, but also true for hard-charging omnivorous athletes as well as individuals who struggle with gut distress or other gastrointestinal problems during training. In these situations, additional L-glutamine can help maintain normal amino acid levels and enhance recovery and gut health.
L-glutamine serves as an energy source to help build and maintain muscle mass and may also help inhibit storage of fat. In addition, maintaining healthy levels of L-glutamine in your body, your cells are able to maintain optimal hydration, which protects your muscles and immune system from injury during and after exercise.
L-glutamine is great for post-workout consumption, however, supplementation two to three times a day can also help maintain the healthy blood levels needed to build muscle and help maintain normal immune function. Our recommended dosage is to take 1 level scoop in 8 ounces of water one to three times daily, or as recommended by your health-care or performance professional.
Finally, you may interested to know that L-glutamine is being highly researched in areas involving wound healing following surgery, bowel health, and for the nutritional support of cancer patients because of its capability to build protein, provide necessary fuel to repair cells, and support normal immune function.
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