Glutamine is one of the most abundant amino acids in our bodies. This article provides information on glutamine benefits for both the aging boomer and the serious bodybuilder. The glutamine supplement can provide numerous health benefits. Glutamine research suggests that it can aid in weight loss, improve muscle mass, increase growth hormone levels and repair the digestive system.
Fighting Midlife Muscle Flab and Increasing Bodybuilding Muscle:
Loss of muscle mass is an inevitable consequence of aging – our muscles become limp and lifeless.
We can fight against this by resistance training with weights and by supplementing with glutamine.
Our levels of growth hormone dramatically drop as we age contributing to loss of muscle and lean body mass, sagging skin and decreased libido. The glutamine supplement has been shown to have a positive effect on growth hormone levels; 430% increase in levels, 30 minutes after ingesting glutamine.
The glutamine supplement also aids in bodybuilding muscle by increasing glycogen and reducing the stress hormone cortisol.
Glutamine Weight Loss:
Glutamine research suggests that this amazing substance can aid in weight loss by reducing sugar cravings. This effect of glutamine combined with its ability to increase lean muscle mass provides for a potent weight loss supplement.
Repair Your Digestive System with Glutamine:
Glutamine is used by the cells lining your digestive tract for energy and repair.
Glutamine research suggests that it is helpful in repairing ulcers, improving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, protecting against chemotherapy and radiation treatment induced damage to the stomach and intestinal lining and repairing leaky gut syndrome.
How to Supplement with Glutamine:
Effective doses of glutamine start in the 5 gram range (teaspoon) up to 20 to 40 grams over the course of a day.
The only practical and economic way to supplement with these doses is by adding the bulk powder to your favorite beverage. Taking the glutamine supplement in capsule form would not be practical from a logistical and monetary standpoint.
Fortunately, the powder is readily available in bulk form from a variety of manufacturers. I prefer Swanson’s glutamine supplement brand. The powder is tasteless, mixes well in water or fruit juice.
Glutamine is unstable in solution and is susceptible to heat degradation; therefore mix up the glutamine in your beverage immediately before drinking it.
Mix only in cold fluids and do not store glutamine in solution for later use.
Okay, at the very least glutamine (5 grams) should be taken within 30 minutes after working out for muscle recovery and repair.
Ideally, an additional 5 grams should be taken 30 minutes before working out.
Since glutamine increases hGH, which is released at night when your sleeping, glutamine should also be taken before retiring at night (5 grams).
So far that would be a total of 15 grams. Some nutritionists and body builders would recommend additional doses during the day.
Glutamine supplement has been given in massive doses (up to 60 grams) in healthy adults with no ill effects.