L-glutamine is the most prevalent amino acid in the bloodstream. It is used in the gut and immune system extensively to maintain optimal performance. 60% of free-form amino acids floating in skeletal muscles is L-glutamine. When supplemented, it may help you reduce the amount of muscle deterioration that occurs because other tissues that need glutamine will not rob the glutamine stored in the muscle cells.
L-Glutamine plays a vital role in variety of functions:
- Protein Synthases
- Regulation of acid-based balance in the kidney by producing ammonium
- Cellular energy
- Nitrogen donation for many anabolic processes
- Carbon donation for refilling the citric acid cycle
- Nontoxic transporter of ammonia in the blood
Help Prevent Catabolization
L-Glutamine has been linked to protein synthesis. It prevents your muscle from being catabolized (eaten up) in order to provide L-Glutamine for other cells in the body.
- Stay Hydrated : L-Glutamine helps maintain cell volume and hydration, speeding up wound healing and recovery.
- Stay Charged: L-Glutamine helps replenish declining glutamine levels during intense episodes of immune disorders or diseases.
- Increase Growth Hormones: L-Glutamine has show to spike hormone levels. Research has shown 2 grams of L-Glutamine increased growth by over 400%
Usage Examples of L-Glutamine
In catabolic states of injury and illness, L-glutamine becomes conditionally-essential (requiring intake from food or supplements). L-Glutamine has been studied extensively over the past 10 -15 years and has been shown to be useful in treatment of serious illnesses, injury, trauma, burns, and treatment-related side-effects of cancer as well as in wound healing for postoperative patients.
L-Glutamine is also marketed as a supplement used for muscle growth in weightlifting, bodybuilding, endurance, and other sports. Evidence indicates that L-glutamine when orally loaded may increase plasma HGH levels by stimulating the anterior pituitary gland. In biological research, L-glutamine is commonly added to the media in cell culture.