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Workout supplementation: L-Glutamine

L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in muscle tissue, with intense training glutamine levels can become severely depleted.

Why supplement with L-Glutamine?

  1. It is the primary fuel source for the intestinal mucosa, this makes it a fantastic supplement for the repair of the intestinal lining. Heavy workout sessions can deplete glutamine levels so topping up levels in a post-workout shake can prevent this. Here at CoActive Health Shop, we take gut health very seriously and glutamine is a go to supplement when we want to run a ‘gut repair’ protocol.
  2. Taking L-Glutamine post workout has been shown to help with protein synthesis ( muscle building ). It does this by helping muscle cells stay hydrated and also through triggering a boost in growth hormone.
  3. L-Glutamine has also been shown to boost the immune system. After intense training sessions the body is placed under a great deal of stress so naturally the immune system is suppressed opening up a window for infection and illness. However supplementing with glutamine provides the body’s immune system with an immediate fuel source thus keeping it functioning optimally.
To summarise: Glutamine taken post workout will help build muscle tissue, increase immune function and also help to protect the gut lining. One other less known use for glutamine is that it works as a great combat to sugar cravings. When you experience a craving for carbohydrates it is usually your brain wanting sugar or glucose. Glutamine works as a healthy alternative to sugar as it fuels similar brain receptors, so if you find yourself reaching for a late night cookie when you know you shouldn’t then try 5grams of L-glutamine instead and the craving will soon pass! Buy Glutamine

Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any nutritional & lifestyle changes or before taking any nutritional supplement. For more information, please view our terms and conditions.

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