Glutamine : From L-Glutamine (free form) and Peptide Bonded Glutamine
- Supports the immune system
- Aids Muscle Growth
- Aids immune system health
- Aids recovery from Strenuous exercise
- Boosts natural growth hormone levels
How does it work?
Glutamine is considered to be a conditionally essential amino acid because it can be manufactured in the body, but under extreme physical stress (such as training with weights 3-4 times each week) the demand for Glutamine exceeds the body's ability to make it. Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid in the body as it utilised during exercise creating demand for it to be replenished.
Who can benefit from supplementation with Glutamine?
Anyone who exercises on a regular basis (3-4 times per week) may deplete their Glutamine stores. This is because they are placing a large demand on their muscles, where much of the Glutamine in the body is stored. Athletes who overstress their muscles (without adequate time for recovery between workouts) may be at increased risk of infection and often recover slowly from injuries. This is also true for people who participate in prolonged exercise. Glutamine supplementation is extremely useful for anyone who exercises regularly, especially individuals wanting to gain muscle size and strength.
How does it work?
Glutamine is a nutrient essential for muscle growth, as it's the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue. Your body is able to make Glutamine on its own. However, intense physical exercise, or any form of prolonged stress, can deplete Glutamine levels. This is why most informed nutrition experts now recommend the use of Glutamine supplements.
Glutamine's power is common knowledge to doctors and clinicians, who regularly use it to treat patients with illness, injury or infection. Several types of important immune cells rely on Glutamine for energy. Without it, the immune system would be impaired. Glutamine also appears to be necessary for normal brain function and digestion.
During periods of intense training, your body cannot make enough Glutamine. Without an adequate supply of Glutamine, muscle growth takes a back seat while your body simply recovers from your last workout. In fact, studies show that strength athletes (such as powerlifters) have lower Glutamine levels than cyclists or runners. Regular high intensity exercise can lead to a 45% drop in Glutamine levels in just 7 days. One trial carried in the prestigious Journal of Nutrition shows that large doses of Glutamine accelerates muscle growth four-fold compared to a placebo.
Glutamine stimulates the synthesis of new protein within your muscle, thereby facilitating new muscle growth, and increasing the size and strength of your muscles by increasing muscle cell volumisation (increasing the retention of water within muscle fibres), in much the same way as Creatine does. That's why adding Glutamine to your diet is so important. The bigger the "pool" of Glutamine in your body, the faster your muscles grow.
Not only does Glutamine play a vital role in building muscle, studies also show that Glutamine boosts growth hormone levels, helping you burn fat faster. As little as two grams of Glutamine can double growth hormone levels after just 30 minutes.
How do I use it?
For maximum results, most experts recommend the use of 5-10 grams of Glutamine daily, in one or two divided doses throughout the day.
What results can I expect?
Glutamine supplementation for several weeks usually leads to an increase in muscle "fullness". Most athletes also report a greater ability to recover between workouts. Used regularly for several months, Glutamine will also make your body more resistant to infection.
What can it be combined with?
Glutamine can be consumed alone, but most athletes and bodybuilders combine it with other nutrients, such as Creatine, protein (which itself is rich in Glutamine) and carbohydrates. Glutamine is also an excellent partner to Beta Alanine and BCAA’s.
Boditronics Products that contain added L-Glutamine or Peptide bonded Glutamine
BCAA Intracell Xtra