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Taking care of our health and wellbeing can be a minefield. While most of us know that a healthy diet and plenty of exercise is the best way to look after our bodies, there’s often the potential to be doing more.1,2
If you’re wondering whether you should add a glutamine supplement to your diet, we’ve got plenty of information below.
As one of our most essential amino acids, glutamine plays a significant role in our overall health and wellbeing.
Some of these benefits might include:
Remember, though. You should be getting enough through your body’s natural production and your diet. There may be no need to supplement if you’re eating a healthy and balanced diet.
It’s also worth noting here that studies have suggested that glutamine supplements do not have an impact on muscle gain, performance, or strength.13,14 If those are your goals, you might want to think about a different approach to your fitness routine.
Like we mentioned above, we get most of the glutamine we need from our body’s natural production and the food we eat. Some glutamine-rich foods include:
It’s not always easy to know how much glutamine is in your food. Still, it’s generally thought that animal proteins provide the highest amount.18
If you are considering adding glutamine supplements to your diet, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor first. They may be able to provide the best advice for how much to include in your health routine based on your diet, fitness levels, and overall lifestyle requirements.
We typically get around 3-6g of glutamine from our diets per day. With this in mind, it may be best to start with a lower dosage (for example, 5g per day) to avoid taking too much.19
Last updated: 31 March 2021
Joined Holland & Barrett: Jan 2018
Bsc in Nutrition, Registered Associate Nutritionist and Certification in Pre and Post Natal Nutrition
Donia started her career as a freelance nutritionist, later she joined Nestle as their Market Nutritionist to help support their healthier product range, before joining the team at Holland & Barrett in January 2018.
Donia has over 6 years experience as a Nutritionist and also works with clients on a one to one basis to support their goals which include weight loss, prenatal and postnatal nutrition and children’s health.