Glutamine (Gln or Q) is another amino acid that assists with the building and maintenance of the muscles and it is also helpful to the central nervous system. Glutamine can transgress the blood-brain barrier, which essentially protects the brain from bacteria, viruses and any other toxins. Once inside the brain, glutamine is converted into glutamic acid, yet another amino acid which is needed to help sustain normal brain function. Then it boosts the levels of yet a third amino acid, gamma-aminobutyric acid that functions as a neurotransmitter throughout the body. L-glutamine tablets may prove helpful to proper mental function and for people who suffer from depression, schizophrenia and epilepsy. Glutamine is like fuel for the nervous system. Should the brain not receive sufficient amounts of glucose, it will increase glutamine metabolism for energy. The benefits of glutamine include increased energy, lower fatigue and an overall happier mood.
Glutamine is important for normal cell division in the body. It is essential to the development of both DNA and RNA and helps the formation of certain cells that support the immune system. Glutamine is very important to the prevention of muscle breakdown. Glutamine controls levels of nitrogen, and disperses nitrogen to different parts of the body, specifically the muscles. Glutamine also helps to replenish supplies of glycogen in the muscles. And glycogen is a type of storage for glucose and is synthesized primarily in the liver and muscles. Basically it helps to elevate energy and increases the amount of time it takes the body to finally hit an exhaustion point.
(Glutamine may be destroyed by cooking) Raw spinach, vegetable juice, cabbage, chia seeds