First of all, let me just point out that I am not a doctor. This is merely my research on one of many supplements that I take. Just to give concerned followers my justified reasoning for taking said supplement.
L-glutamine is a nonessential amino acid that supports the immune system. For best results, I need to get my B vitamins, especially B12 (which is another supplement I take) as it helps keep glutamine at the appropriate level.
L-glutamine has many benefits; including suppression of insulin levels, stabilizing glucose. Enabling the body to build rather than lose muscle and decreasing recovery time, essential for a bodybuilder.
There are; of course, many other benefits of l-glutamine. Such as healing ulcers, counteracting inflammation, intestinal health, balancing pH levels and improving brain health. The bottom line? L-glutamine is a paramount supplement.
There are some contraindications; such as cancer meds, seizure meds, lactoluse (which is a treatment for constipation), kidney and liver disease, cancer and Reyes Syndrome (a rare condition of swelling in the liver and brain)… I don’t have any of those things, so I needn’t worry.
Common side effects include nausea, headache, rash and dry mouth. Severe side effects include worsening liver disease, mania, seizures and Chinese Restaurant Syndrome (a syndrome usually contracted by people after eating Chinese food, most likely linked to MSG).
Again, I’ve had none of this, and I’ve been taking it for close to two years. So this is one supplement down, explaining why I take it. I hope this was helpful for anyone questioning this particular choice.