L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, in a large part because it is needed to fuel the brain, intestines, kidneys, lungs and immune system and because the human body is able to manufacture its own. It is for this reason that Glutamine is termed a ‘non-essential’ or ‘conditionally essential’, but this can be misleading…
- Prevents muscle breakdown
- Supports the immune system
- Accelerates recovery
Under high levels of training stress or illness when the body’s glutamine supplies are exhausted, muscle tissue will be broken down to free up a supply of glutamine to the blood. Logic dictates that this is not a desirable outcome for a training athlete. Therefore, supplementation with Glutamine immediately after exercise will stop the body scavenging for an alternative supply and eating into your hard-earned muscle mass. It also ensures that plenty of Glutamine is available to fuel the immune system.
Numerous studies have considered the effects of Glutamine supplementation on immune function and although the findings are mixed, there appears to be sufficient evidence to support its worth. Couple the benefits of Glutamine with HMB and it’s clear that there are significant gains to be achieved through supplementing with both compounds.
To maintain your muscle integrity and fuel the immune system, take 6-10 grams (1.5 to 2 level scoops) of TORQ Glutamine immediately following exercise. You can add Glutamine to any cold beverage or food. It doesn’t have much of a taste, but is slightly ‘gritty’ in texture.
Our TORQ Recovery product contains TORQ glutamine at the research-recommended dose (6-10 grams depending on bodyweight), so if you are using this product, it may not be necessary for you to purchase TORQ Glutamine in its BULQ form also.
TORQ Glutamine can be added to other brands’ recovery products if you want to boost their effectiveness or, If you suffer from a particularly weak immune system, supplementing with TORQ glutamine on your ‘rest days’ (when you’re not using TORQ recovery) may help to ward off infection and illness. Don’t ignore the multi-facetted benefits of using TORQ Recovery regularly however. Glutamine is just part of the recovery equation.
L-Glutamine is a non-essential/conditionally essential amino acid that is used in the synthesis of proteins within the human body. It is the most abundant amino acid in the body and we can produce our own supply, so one would expect that supplementing with it would be pointless? During times of stress (exercise or illness) however, demand for glutamine can be extremely high and the human body will scavenge for it, breaking down hard-earned muscle tissue to put a supply of glutamine into the bloodstream. This is when supplementation makes sense and where the term ‘conditionally essential’ is derived – it’s not an essential amino acid as such, but under certain circumstances when demand for glutamine is very high, supplementation does become ‘essential’.
Under exercise stress, all of the human body’s physiological systems are put under stress and this abundant amino acid is used alongside glucose as a fuel source – and it’s this period after heavy exercise where the pools of ‘free’ glutamine become limited due to this elevated metabolism by every organ in the body. Add to this, the demands placed upon Glutamine as a precursor to muscle protein synthesis and you have the perfect storm. As we offer such an effective anabolic (muscle-building) supplement in TORQ HMB, we don’t want to dwell on protein synthesis, because quite frankly HMB trumps Glutamine significantly in this regard, but the two compounds will work very effectively together. The real benefit to Glutamine supplementation for endurance athletes comes from staving off catabolic processes (muscle-breakdown) and supporting the immune system. It stands to reason that if blood Glutamine levels are supressed following exercise, the body will need to find a supply. There’s plenty of Glutamine buried in the protein structure of skeletal muscle, so that’s where your physiological systems scavenge for it, so supplementing with Glutamine simply provides an alternative source, indirectly protecting your muscle mass from self-destruction.
The link between Glutamine and immune function is an interesting one. Glutamine is the primary fuel for the immune system, favoured over glucose, which explains why glutamine becomes conditionally essential at times of immunosuppression. Under normal circumstances, it’s reasonable to assume that the human body can cope with most illnesses and fight them off without requiring huge reserves of Glutamine, but the challenge comes when the person who gets ill is an athlete. Imagine a bleak winter where the pressure is on to train hard to develop base fitness for the spring and your Glutamine reserves are being hit hard by the rigours of training. As Glutamine is the main fuel for the immune system too, how does your body respond when that winter bug floats past? If there are no reserves of Glutamine, what kind of state do you think your immune system is going to be in? It’s a bit like expecting a Formula 1 car to win a race with no fuel in the tank – there’s a fundamental mismatch.
Glutamine has various other roles in the human body including being an important component of gut health, servicing the intestinal mucosa, but as an athlete and physically active person, there are 3 primary reasons you would supplement with Glutamine – to prevent muscle catabolism after heavy exercise – to encourage and facilitate anabolic processes – and to service the immune system. These 3 reasons for taking Glutamine as a supplement are clearly linked.
Ingredients: 100% Pure Pharmaceutical-Grade L-Glutamine
No Colours // No Flavours // No Artificial Sweeteners // No Preservatives // Suitable for Vegans
Allergy Information: No Allergens.
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