Saturday, December 14, 2013

L Glutamine

Glutamine is the most abundant amino found in the body, but during times of stress, illness or strenuous exercise overall plasma glutamine levels drop. Because glutamine fuels the immune system, depletion of glutamine stores can have negative effects on one’s health. Science has documented the effects of glutamine supplements on both endurance athletes and critically ill patients. Essentially the white blood cells can’t divide properly and healing slows down. Supplementation of glutamine keeps the immune system fueled during intensive exercise, preventing ill effects associated with overtraining. In a study in which athletes consumed a glutamine supplement after a marathon, only 19% experienced illness during the following week, compared to 51% of athletes who did not take such a supplement. I myself use glutamine after intensive training and haven't been sick in quite a few years (cold, flu type illness) but it's difficult to say if I didn't take the supplement would it have been any different. Those of us who exercise regularly become less susceptible to disease. Unless, that is, we overtax our system by training too hard, not resting enough or getting inadequate nutrition. Most professional coaches nowadays do recommend to their athletes to take glutamine after competition as insurance. It should be only taken after training, if taken prior it can elevate ammonia levels which can lead to fatigue (a common waste product in the body). Clinical studies do not report any side effects at dosages as high as 14 grams, so you probably needn’t worry when taking glutamine in moderate amounts ranging from 5 to 10 grams daily. Dosages higher should only be done under supervision of a health care provider. Glutamine should not be taken by persons with cirrhosis of the liver, kidney problems, or Reye’s syndrome

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