The glutamic amino acid is an important substance for our body to continue living hassle-free. Its most important contribution so far is the fact that it is one of the main building blocks of protein. Meaning, it has a relevant contribution to the immune system and many more systems in our body.
The glutamic amino acid, unlike another essential amino acid, can be inherently produced by our body but it can also be sourced out from the foods that we regularly eat. In this article, we will try to discuss to you both the good and the bad attributes of the glutamic amino acid.
The Glutamic Amino Acid
A glutamic amino acid is a form of amino acid that can be inherently produced by the body. It has many jobs for our bodies and a lot of benefits for our body too. The glutamic amino acid’s main job, however, is to marry itself from the other amino acids to make up that of protein.
Now, we know that protein has a crucial job for maintaining our body. Most of our body parts are made up of the structural functions of the protein.
The glutamic amino acid has two forms, and they are medically known as D-glutamine and L-glutamine. These two forms have a lot in common, but each has a different molecular structure than the other, and they are also sourced differently.
The most important form of the two is the L-glutamine form. It can be sourced from food and supplements. In addition to that, it can also be synthesized by our body.
The l-glutamine mainly performs the more important functions of the glutamic amino acid while its other form which is the D-glutamine has relatively less important in our body. The l-glutamine is especially abundant in the fluids of our body. Which means, it can be most likely found in the blood, plasma, and many more.
Benefits of the Glutamic Amino Acid
We have arrived at a juncture which is about to discuss the benefits and perks of the glutamic amino acid.
1. The glutamic amino acid has many sources
The glutamic amino acid can be found almost anywhere. It can be produced by our body and can be found too in the food that we eat that has high protein content in it. The glutamic amino acid is mostly sourced inedible animal meat. The glutamic amino acid can also be found in your leafy greens, rice, corn and many more. There is no measuring device specially made for each type of food that can measure how much is the glutamic amino acid content of each. Although, nobody cares to bother measuring them because any food that has protein in it especially meat, has a large potential of having glutamic amino acid on it.
2. The glutamic amino acid boosts the immune system
The other relevant factor as to why glutamic amino acid is important in our body is its significant role in our immune system. The glutamic amino acid produces the energy needed by the immune system to function well.
The decline in the level of glutamic amino acid in your system might mean the production of it in an alternative method. The body can alternatively use the protein of the muscle to break down and get its very much needed glutamic amino acid.
The level of glutamic amino acid in our system is crucial because it might render some adverse effects in our immune system. The low-level glutamic amino acid in your immune system might mean, slower pace of healing when you have injuries, traumas or burns. Experts actually might recommend a supplement of glutamic amino acid so the immune system can increase its performance in terms of healing and cell regeneration.
With this, we can logically conclude that glutamic amino acid helps in increasing the healing rate of infections, invasions, and a recovery period of patients. These benefits lead to the cutting of the cost when it comes to medical and hospital bills due to confinement, and the dosages of prescribed medicines. The studies involving the benefit in the immune system of healthy individuals has outcomes implying that the effect of glutamic amino acid has no significance at all. The positive actions of glutamic amino acid can just be seen when the person had an injury or trauma.
3. The glutamic amino acid has a significant role in intestinal health
We know now that glutamic amino acids have a significant role in our immune system especially in times where the immune system is very much needed by our body. This association with the immune system makes it a good contributor to the health of our intestinal health. This is because our immune system land our intestinal health has strong links and bonds. Without the other, it would not function well.
In addition to that, the glutamic amino acid plays an important role in providing energy for both the immune system and the intestines. The glutamic amino acid also contributes to the barrier system of our intestine. This is quite crucial so our intestine cannot be exposed to the harmful substances outside of it and of course, this helps it not have a future occurrence of leaky gut. Protecting it from the possible toxins outside of its domain helps protect the developing healthy cells inside of it.
The Role of Glutamic Amino Acid in Physically Demanding Activities
Physically demanding activities of our body can mostly be linked to sports. The truth is, physically demanding things can be connoted as anything that involves the movement of our body.
It is quite hard to not link glutamic amino acid in the improvement or the decline of physically demanding activities as it serves as one of the building blocks of protein (our muscles are made of protein and muscles are used by our body to move efficiently). No studies have yet to prove the significant positive effects of glutamic amino acid in muscle endurance, and power. More studies are yet to dive deep into the glutamic amino acid’s mysteries.
The Bad Effects of Glutamic Amino Acid in our Body
So far, there are no significant bad effects the glutamic amino acid can render into our body. Even in its heightened levels, there might be no indications stating that it has a bad effect on the body. There are numerous bad effects, but all of these are not that significant. To know more about these and effects, it is better to turn to medical journals and essays as they have a detailed know how about the glutamic amino acid’s bad effects. For now, there are no significant bad effects worth mentioning.
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Written by Grant Tinsley, Ph.D. on January 13, 2018