Bodybuilders and high-performance athletes have been using l-glutamine (also referred to as glutamine) supplements and powders for years because of a perception that the amino acid helps you retain muscle and recover from workout strain. Now, the trend has trickled down to more recreational exercisers hitting the gym or boutique fitness studios.
At Barryâ€™s Bootcamp, the workoutâ€™s devotees now ask for l-glutamine by name in their smoothies and swear by its magical powers for sore muscles, says Chris Schrier, the manager and walking encyclopedia of nutritional facts at Barryâ€™s Fuel Bar. And trainers all over town have been recommending it after sweat sessions.
WHY ARE FITNESS-GOERS FANS OF L-GLUTAMINE?
L-glutamine, like all amino acids, is a protein building block. Itâ€™s made in the muscles (in amounts often referred to as â€śabundantâ€ť), and the body uses it for a variety of thingsâ€”likeÂ immune system function and digestive issues.
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