If you’re into bodybuilding, you have probably heard a thing or two about Glutamine. If you haven’t, then you haven’t put yourself into it that much yet. A lot of things have been going around about it. Its biggest fans have claimed it to be the next miracle supplement to have ever grazed the pages of any bodybuilding magazine.
The more cautious have at least gone as far as saying they believe it has several scientifically proven benefits for the bodybuilder’s body and for the body of the average human person.
What is Glutamine, Exactly?
Glutamine is one of the non-essential amino acids found in the human body. Now, you might be wondering, if it is non-essential, then why does it sound like it is so important? Being a non-essential amino acid doesn’t mean it is not needed by the body. It only means that it is already being produced naturally inside the body so, under ordinary everyday non-body building circumstances, you wouldn’t need to take in Glutamine supplements to hike up your natural supply.
How Does Glutamine Work?
Glutamine plays a lot of roles in the human body. It should, since it is the most abundant amino acid in there. But it is most especially needed by those who are under a lot of stress, making it very ideal for body builders who experience a lot of wear and tear in the muscles during training. Glutamine is a substrate for DNA synthesis and is also involved in protein synthesis. In more understandable terms, it is largely involved in the daily manufacture of new cells and repairing the old and worn out muscle tissues after working out, making them bigger and stronger than before (which is exactly what you want, isn’t it?).
It’s not that it is not necessary. In fact, during intense training sessions, you will most likely have a decrease in glutamine by more than half of your initial supply. It won’t show immediately, however. There are no outward signs of these, except that you will have less gains than you would have if your glutamine levels were high.
By supplementing with it, you provide your muscles with enough of the amino acid for faster recovery and repair. Glutamine also has a huge effect on the immune system, since it is an energy source for the cells that line the small intestine, where much of the immune system is located. So taking Glutamine supplements won’t only build muscle, it will also increase your resistance against infections and diseases.
Do I Take A Pill Or Something?
The average American diet already contains more than enough Glutamine (around 3.5 to 7 grams per day) that is needed by the average body. You take in your daily supply when you eat meats like beef, fish, and poultry, dairy products, eggs, legumes, and hemp seeds. But yours isn’t the average body, is it? That is when you need to supplement your supply with the help of Glutamine capsules or powder. It’s one of the few amino acids that are naturally sweet, so you can easily mix the powder into a glass of water or fruit juice. 15 to 20 grams, taken in three increments throughout the day (right before breakfast, an hour before working out, and immediately after training) is the usually recommended schedule for taking it in.
Are There Any Side Effects ?
When a supplement doesn’t have any negative side effects, it is often too good to be true. Glutamine, however, doesn’t have any. At least, for those who have nothing not normal going on inside their bodies, and for those who religiously follow the prescribed amount of Glutamine intake. You may want to build rock-hard muscles faster and sooner, but it’s not really a good thing to gobble up all the Glutamine capsules you can afford in one day, lest you suffer from unpleasant stomach problems afterwards.
Also, people who are suffering from diabetes and kidney problems are advised to stay away from Glutamine. Researchers have not yet found out why, but the body does not take it as it should when taken in by diabetes patients and those with abnormal kidney conditions. Otherwise, it is perfectly safe to supplement your natural Glutamine levels with capsules.