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What About Glutamine

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Key points on glutamine are that it is a non-essentiall amino acid (protein), meaning that it is already produced in your body. It is also naturally occuring in plants and animal tissue, which means that in addition to producing our own, we get some in our food.

It is most prevalent in the blood stream and is used by muscles, as well as the rest of the body, to 'build stuff'. A couple other points, are that glutamin helps to keep acid build-up minimized and aids in joint function. Again, you might notice some benefit as a serious body-builder, but for the majority of us, it is money that has greater benefit when spent on whole foods.
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    I've been taking it for years and can't tell you thing one it has done - lol. I've taken 500mg daily in pill form. I take it for promoting gut health. Since my glutamates were high last time I had my neurotransmitters tested (I have overfocus issues... ;0)), I backed off. My glutamates are lower now (glutamine can theoretically raise glutamates, but I seriously think it was dairy doing most of the damage). I will reintroduce glutamine pills and see what happens in another 6 months or when I get around to another test (cha-ching). I know: "most" people don't have this problem ... or so we think! ooooohhhh emoticon (lol)

    I came here to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and I was surprised to find you've blogged a bit - cool beans Tam! Good to learn from you at your expense. ;0) Thanks!
    2710 days ago
    Thank you for the tip.
    2715 days ago
    Since glucosamine is falling out of favor as a joint supplement, is glutamine the next idea?
    2715 days ago
    Okay, while you are being the wise answer glutamine similar to glucosamine? (the second sounds like a sugar - glucose - but then what do I know?)

    Keep on dropping tidbits for us!
    2715 days ago
    I use glutamine when I'm deep into the training season, but unless I'm running 20+ miles a week, not so much. I think it does help with muscle recovery...for me at least.
    2715 days ago
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