Glutamine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins), found naturally in the body. It is produced in the muscles and is distributed around the organs by the blood. It is also important for providing “fuel” (nitrogen and carbon) to many different cells in the body. Glutamine plays an important part in the making of other chemicals in the body such as other amino acids and glucose (sugar).
Glutamine supplementation significantly reduces the risk of systemic infections originating from the gut. It is especially important in critically ill individuals and in individuals who have had abdominal surgery.
It is also used for digestive system conditions such as stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Other conditions that glutamine helps to treat include, depression, moodiness, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and enhancing exercise performance.
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