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What is Glutamine?

Hi All,

This week I am going to look at Glutamine, which is a non-essential amino acid that the body produces itself.  It is predominantly found in the muscles and the blood.   Glutamine is needed for cellular growth and as a key fuel for immune function.  When we are training hard or at time of extreme stress the bodies natural levels of glutamine tend to fall below the desired amount, leaving us open to an increased risk of infection.

The evidence suggests that keeping your glutamine levels high post exercise can help to prevent infection
or illness.  There is however very little evidence that it will improve actual performance, with a small number of studies suggesting that glutamine supplementation post event will prevent muscle breakdown and speed recovery.  This was based on doses or around 100mg per kg spread over the 2 hours post exercise.

Please comment below.

TOM

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