Hope you are doing well this fine July day!
I love summer, so much daylight with the warmth and fresh air and my favorite sound, the birds singing. Even when it is raining, I love it. The sound of the rain and the smell of grass and trees are amazing, plus it feels good to be inside cozied up with the fury pets cuddling under the blankets. I am painting a nice picture, but in reality the dog is probably chasing the cat and I am getting all scratched up dealing with the madness! ?
Regardless, summer is here and with that brings more activity. When I do a lot of hiking, walking or yard work, my muscles tend to get sore. How about you? Do you experience sore muscles at times?
Occasionally, for soreness, I take L-glutamine, which brings me to my 10 reasons why L-glutamine kicks ass!
What is L-glutamine?
L-glutamine is the supplemental form of glutamine. Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid found in the muscles in the body! It can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier and is known as brain fuel. This amino acid has many vital roles.
1) Is essential for brain function and promotes mental functioning and ability
2) Has been used to treat developmental disabilities
3) Assists in maintaining the proper acid/alkaline balance in the body
4) Helps to build and maintain muscle and can prevent muscle wasting
5) Helps to strengthen the lining of the intestinal tract, so that nutrients are more efficiently absorbed
6) In supplemental form, it can help in treating arthritis, autoimmune diseases, fibrosis, intestinal disorders, peptic ulcers, connective tissue diseases and tissue damage due to radiation treatment for cancer
7) It can enhance mental functioning and has been used to treat developmental disabilities, epilepsy, fatigue, impotence, depression, schizophrenia and senility
8) It preserves glutathione in the liver and protects the liver from the effects of acetaminophen overdose
9) Enhances antioxidant protection
10) Decreases sugar cravings and the desire for alcohol.
Glutamine is pretty amazing and wonderful amino acid! I recommend it to my clients if they are experiencing digestive issues and have a damaged/irritated or inflamed intestinal tract.
Good sources of glutamine are raw spinach and parsley!
Are you currently taking L-glutamine and if so, what do you use it for? Let me know in the comments!
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Here’s to strong digestion and happy muscles after exercise!
Sources: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A. Blach