Glutamine: Beyond Muscle Repair to Immune Boost and Mental Wellness

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Glutamine, a “conditionally essential” amino acid, plays a vital role in multiple
physiological functions within the body, beyond muscle repair and recovery. Primarily, glutamine acts as a crucial fuel source for rapidly dividing cells, such as those found in the immune system and the gastrointestinal tract. It supports the integrity of the intestinal mucosa, helping to prevent
leaky gut syndrome and promoting proper nutrient absorption. This function is pivotal for individuals with gastrointestinal issues or undergoing intense physical stress, such as athletes or those recovering from surgery.

Moreover, glutamine serves as a potent immune system modulator, aiding in the production of white blood cells and supporting the body’s defense mechanisms against infections and illnesses. Its role in immune function is particularly significant during times of stress or illness when the body’s demand for glutamine increases.

Additionally, glutamine has been implicated in promoting optimal brain function by crossing the blood-brain barrier and serving as a precursor for neurotransmitters like glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This aspect of glutamine is believed to support cognitive function, mood regulation, and overall mental well-being.

Coach Jared

The Rack Athletic Performance Center

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