Every ingredient we put into our IdealLean products serves a purpose. We don’t mindlessly throw ingredients together and call it good. No, we research and study what will be the most beneficial to you, to maximize your results, and provide your body with the right nutrients it needs to maximize recovery, improve fat loss, promote lean muscle growth, and more.
So today we have decided to spotlight an amino acid that is used in a few of our products. But before we talk about why we use it in IdealLean products, we will go over what it is, its benefits, and more.
So say hello to L-Glutamine!
Let’s get started.
What is Glutamine?
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in your body. It is found naturally in your body, and is most plentiful in your muscles, making up around 60% of the skeletal muscle amino acids. L-Glutamine is considered to be “conditionally essential”, this means that your body can generally produce enough under normal circumstances, but will become conditionally essential under certain circumstances.
Times when you may not produce enough glutamine may include:
- High-intensity exercise
- Paralytic or Debilitating Diseases and Injury
- Times of Extreme Stress
- Severe Burns
- Rapid Growth
- Muscle Wasting Diseases (cancer, AIDS, pulmonary obstructive diseases)
- Pregnancy and Lactation
After performing high-intensity workouts your body may experience decreased glutamine levels and you need more glutamine than your body can make, so under those circumstances and other ones of high stress you should look to supplementing with it.
Why Do You Need Glutamine?
Glutamine is a vital fuel source for your immune system. It helps keep up your defenses against microbes (bacterium’s causing disease or fermentation) and will help keep your GI tract in check. It also helps in the production of glutathione (a key antioxidant enzyme), supports the immune system, maintains muscle mass, ensures proper gut barrier function, and slows down the breakdown of muscle tissue.
Glutamine also works to minimizes the breakdown of muscle and helps improve protein metabolism (the breakdown of proteins so the body can use them to repair the muscle).
Benefits of Glutamine
1. Assist in Muscle Growth
If you’re familiar with the fitness supplement world you may be very familiar with Glutamine, because it is so common among athletes and bodybuilders for enhancing performance.
When you do intense training your body will become depleted of this amino acid. This can cause tiredness and slower recovery. Supplementing with glutamine has been shown to reduce recovery period and enhance strength.
2. Improved Cell Volume and Hydration
Glutamine will assist in cell hydration, therefore enhancing cell volume. This can help to reduce recovery time following exercise, injury, or wounds.
3. Improved Fat Reduction
Supplementing with glutamine can actually increase levels of the naturally occurring human growth hormone. Because of increased levels of HGH that come from supplementing with glutamine, it allows for more efficient metabolism of fats. This helps with improved fat reduction and holding on to more lean muscle.
4. Reduced Sugar and Alcohol Cravings
As a supplement, glutamine can suppress or curb cravings for sugary foods and alcohol. The reason for this? L-Glutamine actually helps to suppress insulin. This reduces the body’s draw upon muscle mass to maintain blood sugar levels during high-intensity exercise. This can lead to weight loss and help improve your caloric metabolism.
Where to Find it?
Most likely you are getting glutamine into your diet without even realizing it. Glutamine is easily attainable and can be found in many food sources that are also rich in protein. Here are some examples of where we can find it:
Meat and Poultry
Beef, pork, fish, and chicken are all great sources of glutamine, but raw liver and fish take the cake, and are the most bioavailable source.
Beans and Legumes
All beans and legumes are great sources of glutamine as well.
Dairy products derived from animals like milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, and ricotta cheese all contain glutamine.
Veggies like beets, spinach, kale, wheatgrass, wheat, and cabbage are all great sources. Note: raw vegetables contain more glutamine than cooked vegetables.
Glutamine is also available in supplement form, and is often used after treatments, and for healing
Glutamine is prevalent in protein isolates, especially soy and milk protein (casein and whey) isolates.
Are There any Side Effects?
There aren’t any reported adverse effects that have been attributed to supplementation of L-Glutamine in doses of less than 30g a day. However, you should refrain from taking excessive amounts of it. Take it gradually and always start with lower doses. And like always, talk to your doctor first.
What Happens if We Don’t Get Enough?
There are some circumstances where you don’t (that we have already gone over) get enough. Here is what can happen if you experience a glutamine deficiency:
- Muscle Wasting
Glutamine helps to preserve the lining of the stomach and intestines, and may also help with the intestinal absorption of important nutrients. People who do not get enough glutamine may experience a decrease in muscle mass, and experience weight loss.
- Increased Susceptibility to Infection
Glutamine works to strengthen the body’s immune function, so it would make sense that low levels of glutamine result in an increased susceptibility to infection.
- Depleted Energy
When you perform intense exercise, or if you overtrain, your body will undergo stress, this requires higher levels of glutamine. If you do not get enough your body may not be able to keep up, so you could experience fatigue.
Why We Include l-Glutamine in IdealLean Products
At IdealFit we saw a need for supplements that were designed for women. When you look at protein and other supplements available you will oftentimes see that they are loaded with sugar, carbs, and other ingredients that don’t do anything for you.
IdealLean products have been formulated to work with you AND your goals and not sabotage them.
That’s why we included L-Glutamine in our protein and BCAAs.
IdealLean Protein and BCAAs contain L-Glutamine in the recovery blend. In order to maximize your results you need to properly recover. The benefits of a good recovery blend include holding onto lean muscle and getting rid of excess fat.