L-Glutamine is an amino acid that your body generallyÂ builds for itself. Itâ€™s best known as a tool for body-builders and athletes, since L-Glutamine is a key component in the building and maintenance of muscle. However, the value of L-Glutamine goes far beyond its role in protein synthesis, as it is used in other key processes and benefits all your cells in a way critical for good health.
Maybe the most important health use of L-Glutamine is as an aid for your gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract). Taking L-Glutamine on a daily basis may reduce (or eliminate) ulcers over a few weeks, as well as reinforce your overall gastrointestinal lining so that digestion is improved and stomach problems, such as inflammation or illness caused by a pathogen, is reduced.
Further, L-Glutamine is a source of energy for your body. Your intestines can use this energy to improve your digestive health, or, if youâ€™re ill, activated immune cells can draw on L-Glutamine as an energy source to support your immune system. L-Glutamine also plays an important role in kidney regulation, ensuring a proper chemical balance.
When youâ€™re sick or injured, your body stops making L-Glutamine, and it becomes necessary to get it from dietary sources, most notably meat and dairy products (if youâ€™re vegan you can also find some in wheat, beans, cabbage, spinach, and beets).
Most hospitals will supplement your diet with L-Glutamine, not only because you need it, but because L-Glutamine has been shown to aid in the recovery (with special emphasis on improving digestion). This is a great example of how you are most healthy when you are ensuring that you are meeting all of your nutritional needs.
If youâ€™re recovering at home, make sure that you supplement your immune system with L-Glutamine, just like a hospital would. Supplements are a great way to do this as they ensure that those having trouble with digesting food (or eating at all) will get the amount they need.
Remember, L-Glutamine is an all-natural part of your dietary needs, and so there arenâ€™t any side effects.
Have you ever taken L-Glutamine when you were ill? How did it help you recover?