What Is Glutamine
Glutamine is one of the essential amino acids which are the building blocks for making proteins, other glucose and amino acids in the body, alongside many other important bodily functions. Glutamine is made in the muscles and transferred through the blood to other parts of the body.
Glutamine can help build and maintain muscles, promote a healthy immune system, strengthen the intestinal lining, aid digestion and support the function of the brain and nervous system.
Glutamine peptides are an abundant amino acid in muscles. This means that the body can synthesise glutamine naturally, but levels may deplete faster than they can be replenished during strenuous exercise.
Benefits of Glutamine
There are many benefits of glutamine for the body including:
- Immune function
- Intestinal health
- Reduced hair loss
- Potential short-term weight loss
- Managing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and leaky gut.
Here is a list of the following benefits that glutamine provides:
Critical to the immune system, glutamine helps to produce cytokines which control the growth and activity of immune system cells and blood cells, aiding immune and inflammatory responses.
Glutamine helps the body fight harmful viruses and bacteria.
Glutamine helps intestinal health. Trillions of bacteria live in the intestines, which affect the immune system helping to prevent toxins and harmful bacteria from moving from the intestines to other parts of the body.
However, more research is needed in this area and it is not a solution for weight loss. A healthy lifestyle (including diet, exercise and sleep), should be followed to support weight reduction.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Intestinal tissues use glutamine as fuel to function effectively and the amino acid is thought to help maintain barriers within the intestine, which can ease symptoms of IBS such as bloating, abdominal cramps, constipation and diarrhoea.
Leaky gut symptoms can be very painful, consisting of bloating, gas, abdominal cramps, food sensitivities and aches and pains.
Glutamine is often considered one of the most important nutrients in supporting the management of leaky gut as it helps to improve intestinal barrier disruption and inflammation and reduces bacterial translocation.
Foods High In Glutamine
Glutamine can be obtained naturally by following a high-protein diet. The following foods have a high glutamine content:
- Bone broth
- Meat including beef, poultry, pork
- Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt
- Beans and legumes
- Vegetables such as spinach, cabbage and parsley (raw parsley is recommended)
Creatine and Glutamine
Creatine is a substance which is found within our muscles, which helps muscles produce energy throughout the intensive exercise and heavy lifting.
Glutamine and creatine both provide numerous benefits to the muscles, but play different roles. Glutamine helps improve recovery time and creatine helps enhance the output of power and strength.
We normally obtain enough glutamine to meet the necessary levels, however, sometimes there may be a shortfall, leading to a glutamine deficiency which can present with several symptoms including:
- Low muscle mass
- Slow wound healing
- Problems with post-workout muscle recovery
- Anxiety and stress
- Constipation or diarrhoea
For individuals suffering from glutamine deficiency, supplementation may be required. This can be achieved through oral supplementation or an IV Infusion at IV Boost UK.
When To Take Glutamine
The ideal time to take glutamine is on an empty stomach around 15 minutes before eating and should be taken 3 times a day.
It should not be taken with hot liquids as heat can destroy glutamine. Instead, cold or room temperature water is advised in order to ensure the integrity and efficacy of the supplement.
IV Vitamin Drips
IV drips deliver nutrients quickly and efficiently to the cells and are an effective way of addressing deficiency.
Working from the inside out, vitamin drips quickly rehydrate the body on a cellular level and replenish essential minerals and electrolytes. They also improve blood supply to vital organs while purifying your body from the daily chemicals you are exposed to.
Some of our highly effective IV drips contain this essential amino acid.
Anti-Ageing Booster – helps in the fight against free radicals that cause many signs of ageing.
Chill Out Booster – restores balance to the mind and spirit, reduces tiredness and fatigue and maintains normal cognitive function.
Immunity Booster – improves immunity, protects against future infections and reduces tiredness.