Glutamine has gained some popularity among runners, but many of them do not understand the full benefit of it. It is taken as supplement, since our bodies produce it naturally, in order to boost the immune system and fight fatigue, both important for runners. It is also known that glutamine moderates any inflammation and help our body recover through rebuilding of glycogen. If any of these issues are affecting you, then taking a supplement may be beneficial, however, most studies show that the benefits of supplemental glutamine are exaggerated.
- Glutamine can aid in digestion as well as helping the immune system among other benefits shown in studies.
- Bodybuilders like glutamine because it is said to help rebuild muscle so that the recovery phase of the week is easier.
- You should always speak with your doctor when you are unsure about how adding a new supplement may affect your diet.
“To deal with some of these unwanted side effects, some runners may look to supplements for help.”