Alanine is one of the amino acids broken down and released in huge quantities during intense exercise. Like glutamine, alanine plays a role in cell volumising (Rivas, et al 1995), and it is also a source of glucose during exercise to stabilise blood glucose levels.
As whey protein is very high in alanine, a good intake of whey means you need not supplement alanine separately, and some supplements are also fortified with extra alanine. If you're not using whey or a supplement fortified with alanine, an extra two grams right after training may exert a benefit.
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