What is not to love about glutamine? This ingredient is used in a wide array of supplement formulations on the market. Each time a person goes to the gym they put a pounding on their central nervous system which in turn puts a hurting on one’s immune system. This is especially true for those athletes doing high intensity workouts or those working out with weights as resistance training. When the immune system is lowered there is a much higher risk for infection and disease which could lead one to miss workouts all together.
So what are the benefits of this great supplemental ingredient? Well for starters one study showed oral glutamine administration on long distance runners and rowers during the seven days following exercise compared to a non-exercising control group. This study showed that the subjects exercising showed glutamine levels were decreased by 20%, white blood cells were increased, and there was a decrease in the numbers of lymphocytes. Those exercising individuals who took oral glutamine however showed a better ratio of T-helper/T-suppressor cells and also reported fewer infections as well. From this study it is suggested that supplementing with glutamine after intense exhaustive exercise can enhance the ability of the immune system to deal with the stress of the workout.