Glutamine is an amino acid that can be synthesized in the body. It is for this reason it is not considered to be an essential amino acid, although it may be considered as such in certain situations such during intensive athletic training or during recovery from injury. Glutamine has a variety of functions including; protein synthesis, cellular energy, nitrogen and carbon donation, transporter of ammonia in the blood and regulating the acid-base levels in the kidney. It is commonly used by people who want to grow muscle and to aid in recovery after surgery. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and it can be synthesized by many different tissues. However, in cases where more glutamine is needed it can be obtained from certain foods.
List of foods that contain glutamine?
Glutamine is found in many animal products such as beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, milk and dairy products. It can also be found in legumes, wheat, cabbage, beetroot, beans, spinach and parsley. Very small amounts of this amino acid are found in nuts and fermented foods. Glutamine supplements, in the form of capsule, liquid, or powder, are also readily available for those that require more than they can obtain from food. On average, humans consume 5-8 g (0.17 – 0.28 oz) of glutamine from their diet every day.