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As possibly one of the most overlooked supps, the benefits of L-glutamine may be a mystery to you. But, trust us, this underrated amino acid offers many. Known to relieve excess bloating, L-glutamine could help you banish that post-cheat day bloat. It also supports your immune system, as well as your gastrointestinal health. Intrigued? We quizzed team Grenade® athlete and nutrition coach Vinny Russo on the benefits of L-glutamine and his thoughts on this supplement.
WHAT IS L-GLUTAMINE?
“L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the blood and in muscle cells. It is classified as a conditionally essential amino acid, which means that the body is normally capable of manufacturing enough to meet its metabolic needs. But under certain conditions, additional glutamine may be required. For example, during intense exercise, glutamine levels deplete, which means that more glutamine will be required. Since the body is in need and cannot produce enough (even though it can be made by the body), it is necessary to supplement with glutamine to help meet the body’s demands.
WHAT ARE THE KEY BENEFITS OF L-GLUTAMINE?
Glutamine has several functions including the support of immunity, gastrointestinal integrity, insulin secretion, neurological activity, and muscle protein synthesis. Glutamine actually supplies 35% of nitrogen to muscle to synthesise proteins. This, in turn, will promote protein synthesis. Why is this important? Well, maintaining a high nitrogen balance in the muscle prevents muscle breakdown, therefore retaining more muscle. This equates to a leaner you! A leaner you means you have less body fat, so, in essence, glutamine may help with the reduction of overall body fat.
Please understand that there aren’t any studies available to prove this, nor would I ever recommend glutamine as a “fat burner”. But the reference was made to show you that it can help add/retain lean muscle tissue, which means you will be leaner. On that minor fat burning note, there are some studies that suggest an ability for glutamine supplementation to manipulate tissue insulin sensitivity. This may help to partition nutrients away from fat storage and towards the muscles and liver.
MusclePharm®’s Glutamine increases whole body glutamine status by enhancing uptake, bioavailability and digestion. This ultimately provides optimal muscle-tissue saturation through a substantial 5 gram serving of L-Glutamine that delivers a wide range of benefits. MusclePharm®’s Glutamine helps you rehydrate, rebuild and recover faster and more efficiently from even the toughest of workouts.