L–glutamine (Gln) is an amino acid, a building block for protein synthesis that your body uses in large amounts each day. It is non-essential but also conditionally essential meaning that if your body is under stress, L–glutamine must be obtained from the diet. Most people use glutamine to lose weight, build muscle and burn fat fast but there are so many other reasons why glutamine can be useful to include in your diet. When the body is in a state where it has to build and repair, or healing from traumatic wounds or severe illness, glutamine becomes essential.
Here are a few examples of an increased demand for L–glutamine:
Deficiency of L–glutamine include:
There is so much science backing L–glutamine. Here are a few of its proven benefits:
Foods high in L–glutamine:
It is not always possible to get enough L–glutamine from food alone and supplementing with L–glutamine powder may be necessary for those wanting to improve their athletic performance, build muscle, improve a health condition like leaky gut or diabetes, or boost the immune system.
Supplementing with L–glutamine
L–glutamine powder is best taken with meals. You can add it to breakfast or post workout smoothies to support weight loss, muscle building and recovery. Dosages vary between 2-5g twice daily depending on each individual and their activity or any existing health conditions so consulting with a Nutritional Therapist is important to ensure you are taking the right dosage. Athletes or those following trauma may require much higher doses. Be aware that overdosing with L–glutamine can cause a burning sensation on the lips and flushing and B vitamins may be needed for some supplementing regularly with L–glutamine. L–glutamine can also cause mania in some individuals so always start with small doses.
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