What is Glutamine?
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in your body. Synthesised internally, not from the food we eat, its not considered an essential amino acid. However, in special circumstances, such as illness or injury, our body's utilization will outpace the demands. For example, in times of sickness the substantial amount of physiological stress causes a negative imbalance between the building and breakdown of muscle. As such Glutamine supplementation should be considered. Before you question your need to use this conditionally essential amino acid you should know glutamine has more tricks up its sleeve.
What does Glutamine Do?
Glutamine performs a number of roles including the support of muscle growth and fulling the cells of the immune and digestive system. Without it, muscle wouldn't regrow, our health would deteriorate and our digestive system would not be able to absorb the food we eat. Now you understand why it's the most abundant amino acid!
When we exercise we place a significant amount of strain on the mentioned processes. Depleting our limited stores of glutamine increases our risk of under recovery. Poor recovery increases our risk of infection, meaning less training and a longer time to achieve our goal.
When is the best time to take Glutamine?
There are a number of way to supplement glutamine, it all depends on circumstance and purpose.
In the instance of supporting muscular recovery, research has found 0.1-0.3g per kg of body weight capable of reducing delayed onset muscle soreness. In other words, if you weigh 80kg, taking 10g of glutamine post workout will negate the muscular ache we feel after pushing ourselves in the gym.
In endurance athletes, taking 5g post workout will significantly reduce the occurrence of illness. For gut health benefits, supplementing 0.25-0.90g per kg of body weight 1 hour before running can reduce the occurrence of gut discomfort associated with endurance exercise. This supplement is no one-trick-pony, you just have to use it intelligently.
Who should take Glutamine?
If you’re looking to ensure you’ve got plenty of this amino acid in your system then supplementing via Glutamine Powder is a great option. Available in a variety of flavours specifically engineered in house by THE PROTEIN WORKS™, you will be spoilt for choice.
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Serving Size: 5g
We recommend consuming 15g daily split over three servings:
- 5g in the morning
- 5g in the afternoon
- 5g before bed
Add 2 medium BLACK scoops (5g) to water or juice in your TPW™ Master Blender, shake and drink.
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Q. What is Glutamine?
A. It's the most abundant non-essential amino acid in the human body.
Q. When should I use Glutamine?
A. It depends on your lifestyle and goals, we recommend the following optimal serving times. Consume 15g daily. Usually servings are split into 3 equal servings of 5g in the morning, 5g in the afternoon and 5g before bed.
Q. What are main reasons for supplementing with it?
A. To restore glycogen levels, build new tissue and aid faster recovery after intense training and exercise. By adding this to your supplement regime, it increases the levels of glutaminc acid in the body, which helps metal focus and general mood.
Q. What does Glutamine taste like?
A. It doesn't really have a taste when mixed in with a protein shake. If taken on its own then is can have a slight bitter taste, so is best mixed with a flavoured juice.
Q. Is Glutamine an essential or non essential amino acid ?
A. It's considered a semi essential amino acid as your body produces Glutamine.
Q. What are the differences between essential and non essential amino acids?
A. There are in excess of 20 amino acids which make up all the proteins in the body. Between 9 and 12 of those are produced naturally by the body, and these are known as non essential amino acids. The other amino acids are not produced by the body therefore diet or supplements must be the source of those essential amino acids.
Q. Are there any specific health benefits associated with Glutamine?
A. Studies have shown that supplementing with Glutamine can boost the immune system and prevent infection and promote healing.
Q. Are all brands the same no matter what brand you use?
A. As with so many things in life, if you don't ask the right questions, you won't get the right answers! The quality of ingredient can vary significantly and therefore the potency will do too. In addition, just because a product may be called pure it doesn't mean that it necessarily is. We recommend you read the ingredients and nutritionals on the label to better understand exactly what you are buying. We can assure you that our products are 100% pure. At TPW™, we are committed to transparency and openness in all our products.
Q. How can I tell if the one I use is good quality?
A. We only use the very best ingredients here at THE PROTEIN WORKS™.
Q. Is Glutamine suitable for vegans and vegetarians?
A. Yes, it is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Q. Can I use Glutamine with other supplements?
A. The simple answer is yes. We recommend you always check serving instructions on each product if you plan on taking a combination of supplements.
Q. What if any side effects will I get from taking Glutamine?
A. We haven't heard of any nasty side effects from taking TPW™ Glutamine
Q. Is Glutamine found in natural whole foods?
A. Yes, it is naturally found in meat and dairy products, such as beef, pork and poultry. However, anyone who trains hard and heavy may require additional supplement intake of Glutamine to meet their body's requirements
Q. What effects should I expect from taking Glutamine alongside my training regime ?
A. Results vary depending on your diet, nutrition, training and individual body type. For an average individual, it helps the growth of lean muscle mass as well as muscle recovery.
Q. Who should take / benefit from using Glutamine?
A. Bodybuilders and strength athletes. Endurance athletes. Those new to weight training. People involved in team sports. Those who participate in regular intense training and exercise.