Amino acids are components of proteins, and sometimes referred to as ‘the building blocks of life’. L-glutamine is the most common amino acid in the human body, performing a range of functions involving primarily metabolic function, but also others, and is a popular supplement especially for athletes and bodybuilders.
Glutamine is an essential component of glucose synthesis, as well as being key for the creation of many proteins.
What is Glutamine and what role does it play?
Glutamine is usually described as a non-essential amino acid, which means that it can be synthesized by the body given the right circumstances.
However, research shows that under certain conditions, such as in times of great physical exertion, the body cannot produce glutamine fast enough to keep up, and a deficiency in the amino acid causes sub-optimal performance.