Glutamine : The Most Abundant Amino Acid In Muscle


Although Glutamine isn’t necessarily THE most important amino acid in promoting muscle growth, it is however the most abundant within muscle. In fact, more than 90% of the whole- body glutamine is found in the muscle, so this gives you some perspective. Leucine is deemed to be the main amino acid for promoting muscle growth and development, however glutamine is considered one of the most important to muscle recovery and regeneration. Glutamine is classified as ‘conditionally essential’ meaning the body is generally capable of producing glutamine, however in people that train hard and often, glutamine levels may deplete enough to warrant external intake i.e. intake via the diet.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the bane of many an athlete’s life, causing them to limp around with aching muscles the day after an intense bout of physical activity. It is thought that glutamine may reduce the soreness caused by exercise, and in turn help with muscle recovery and growth.

A good Glutamine option is Reflex Nutrition L- Glutamine and Optimum Health Ultimate Glutamine.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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