Amino acids are the foundation of pretty much everything in our amazing body, and are also essential for the bodies’ metabolic process.
Glutamine is the most common amino acid produced within our muscles, and is distributed by blood to our organs that need it.
What are the benefits of Glutamine?
Current research suggests that supplementing L-Glutamine in your diet can reduce muscle breakdown and improve protein metabolism, therefore improving athletic performance and recovery from endurance exercise.
It could also help gut function, the immune system, and other essential processes in the body, especially in times of stress, thus helping to improve symptoms such as IBS and diarrhoea.
New studies are also showing that glutamine could improve glycaemic control; potentially good news for diabetics - however research is still new and limited here.
Why supplement Glutamine, and do I need it?
If you are wanting to bulk, or you are not trying to lose weight, then you are probably getting enough Glutamine in your diet. However, if you are cutting, or looking to maintain lean muscle, then this is a proven supplement. It is also a great supplement if you are an endurance athlete, or lead an extremely active lifestyle.
When do I use it?
Always follow the recommended guidance on the packaging, but normally you take one serving prior to your workout, and another serving following your workout. For best results, take your last serving prior to bedtime, this will maximise recovery as you sleep – it is also when your body recovers most effectively.
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