What is Glutamine?
Glutamine is one of the most popular supplements used by athletes and has a number of benefits on training performance and recovery. Glutamine is a semi-essential amino acid. This means that although the body can produce its own glutamine, it is not enough to meet the demands needed during intense physical activity when the body is under stress. Glutamine can be found in foods such as meat and fish, and can also be found in high levels in whey and casein protein. Glutamine stores can become depleted to a large extent when undertaking intense exercise and this is where it is ideal to supplement glutamine such as CSN L-Glutamine. Glutamine has recently undergone a lot of research which has concluded the supplementation of glutamine can have a positive effect on muscular recovery and immune function.
How can Glutamine benefit performance?
Glutamine is predominantly used by strength athletes and bodybuilders because of its role in protein synthesis and its ability to aid in reducing recovery times. Studies have also shown that supplementing Glutamine has been demonstrated to reduce muscle soreness. There are in fact studies that show that Glutamine present can play a role in glycogen replenishment which is perfect for athletes taking part in an intense exercise where glycogen can be severely depleted.
Glutamine and the immune function
When taking part in prolonged exercise, because of the stress it places on the body, it can often lead to a drop in immune function which results in lower levels of white blood cells and decreased antioxidant action. A more recent study has also revealed that supplementing Glutamine plays a role in the production of glutathione. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant naturally synthesised by the body.
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