L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body.
L-Glutamine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins), found naturally in the body. If the body uses more L-Glutamine than the muscles can make (i.e., during times of stress), muscle wasting can occur. This can occur in people who lift weights or do any activity that is strenuous. Taking L- Glutamine will keep the L-Glutamine stores high so muscle wastage does not occur.
Clinical studies have found that L-Glutamine supplements strengthen the immune system and reduce infections (particularly infections associated with surgery). L-Glutamine supplements may also help in the recovery of severe burns. Glutamine is produced in the muscles and is distributed by the Blood to the organs that need it. Glutamine helps gut function, the immune system, and other essential processes in the body, especially in times of stress.
It is also important for providing “fuel” (nitrogen and carbon) to many different cells in the body. Glutamine is needed to make other chemicals in the body such as other amino acids and glucose (sugar). Glutamine is used to counter some of the side effects of medical treatments. For example, it is used for side effects of Cancer, Chemotherapy including pain and swelling inside the mouth (mucositis), nerve pain, muscle and joint pains.
Glutamine is also used to protect the immune system and Digestive System, people undergoing radio chemotherapy. Additionally, glutamine is used for improving recovery after bone marrow transplant or bowel surgery, increasing well-being in people who have suffered traumatic injuries, and preventing infections in critically ill people. How does it work?
After exercise or injury, nitrogen is necessary to repair the muscles and keep the vital organs functioning. About one third of this nitrogen comes from L- Glutamine. Glutamine is important for removing excess ammonia (a common waste product in the body). It also helps your immune system function and appears to be needed for normal brain function and digestion.