Glutamine Enhances The Benefits Of Exercise
Glutamine helps to protect the gut lining following intense exercise. We all know that exercise has a range of wonderful health benefits, and I encourage everyone to do more of it. Runners, athletes and those individuals who exercise heavily are more prone to developing gut problems. The gut problems can weaken the immune system and make athletes more prone to developing infections.
A large body of research has shown that a bout of exercise such as running increases the permeability of the gut for some time afterwards. So we can say that intense exercise causes temporary leaky gut. Sometimes the gut lining is not able to repair itself quickly enough, and this can compromise your health.
Leaky gut results from a dysfunctional intestinal barrier. The barrier in your gut is only one cell thick. It is essential for the adequate absorption of nutrients and preventing large toxic molecules and bacteria from crossing into your bloodstream. This can be a particular problem if you undertake vigorous strength training, or endurance exercise. Gut discomfort is a common complaint in endurance athletes. Taking a glutamine supplement can help to prevent it.
In a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, scientists have proven that acute supplementation with glutamine helps to prevent increased intestinal permeability in runners. Taking a glutamine supplement just before and after exercise can help prevent gastrointestinal barrier dysfunction.
Additionally, other studies have shown that oral supplementation with colostrum also reduces intestinal permeability. Thus glutamine and colostrum are both important nutrients to consider for athletes.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.