Description of L-Glutamine 1000 mg 240 Caps, NOW Foods
Glutamine has recently been the focus of much scientific interest. A growing
body of evidence suggests that during certain stressful times, the body may require
more glutamine than it can produce. Under these circumstances Glutamine may be
considered a "conditionally essential" amino acid. Glutamine is involved
in maintaining a positive nitrogen balance (an anabolic state) and also aids rapidly
growing cells (immune system hymphocytes and intestinal cell enterocytes). In
addition, Glutamine is a regulator of acid-base balance and a nitrogen transporter.
What is Glutamine?
Glutamine is a nonessential amino acid (protein building block) that is made in
the body via conversion from a relative amino acid (AA) called Glutamic acid.
It is more appropriately considered a "conditionally essential amino acid"
and is the most abundant AA in human plasma and muscle.
What are the functional properties of Glutamine?
Glutamine is unique in that like glucose it is one of the preferred energy sources
utilized by rapidly proliferating cells. It is a major fuel source for the brain
and together with its relatives the stimulant neurotransmitter Glutamic acid
and the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA they form the most abundant amino group
in the human brain. Glutamine is also an important fuel source for enterocytes
and supports intestinal maintenance and normal function. It has been used clinically
to improve nitrogen balance and minimize protein loss in those suffering with
catabolic states caused by surgical stress and critical gastrointestinal illness.
In combination with N-Acetyl Cysteine Glutamine promotes the production of a
powerful cellular antioxidant called Glutathione that plays a critical role
in the defense against free radical damage.
Will Glutamine help me with my health maintenance and exercise program?
Glutamine plays a major role in DNA synthesis and serves as a primary transporter
of nitrogen into the muscle tissues. It serves to replenish nitrogen loss due
to excessive muscle training and speeds up recovery. It is so vital to the building
and maintenance of muscle tissue that 60% of the human intracellular amino acid
pool is Glutamine. The very fact that muscle is the most important tissue for
Glutamine synthesis and storage is evidence of it¡¯s vital role in
maintaining positive nitrogen balance and the building of the these important
sport support structures.
Glutamine is utilized at a high rate by the cells of the immune system and
is required to support optimal white blood cell proliferation (lymphocyte).
It is also necessary for the production of hormone like proteins secreted by
lymphocytes and macrophages called cytokines that regulate the intensity and
duration of an immune response to foreign organisms.
Serving Size: 1 capsule
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
L-Glutamine (Free-Form) 1.0 g (1000 mg)
As a dietary supplement, take 1 L-Glutamine capsule 1-3 times daily, preferably
Free of: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or
Disclaimers: This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product
is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule), Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate and Silica.
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