|Glutamine as a Bodybuilding Supplement
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Glutamine is the most
abundant amino acid in the body and plays many critical roles in
the promotion of muscle mass, recovery and physical performance.
Muscle tissue is the major site of synthesis and storage of
glutamine. Physical exercise can rapidly decrease glutamine stores
which can result in muscle breakdown. Supplementing with glutamine
will help to maintain an anabolic environment.
Glutamine as a
To answer the question of
what quantity of glutamine to consume for bodybuilding goals is
difficult to answer and may not be the same for every person. There
are a number of factors to consider, mostly involving diet, body
weight, activity level, lifestyle stress, and overall health. There
are also a number of reasons to use glutamine which you need to
consider in order to come up with the correct dose. Will you be
using glutamine to:
To assist in preventing OTS,
consume glutamine both before and after training, and before you go
to sleep. Follow the recommended dose (which usually falls between
five and ten grams postworkout).
- Prevent OTS?
- Stimulate growth
- Hormone secretion
- Boost your immune
- Replace sugar in your post-workout
Depending on your diet,
you may want to consider increasing or decreasing the amount. For a
high carbohydrate diet, for example, more glutamine may be
appropriate. Glutamine can increase glycogen storage by as much as
16 percent if consumed post-workout.
If you consume glutamine
half an hour before working out, you may see noticeable
improvements in mass gains.
Although glutamine is not
noted for having side effects, people sometimes mention those such
as nausea when consuming glutamine in high quantities (above the
recommended dose. In short, if you consume glutamine as
recommended, you should see no problems.
As with most supplements,
the amount of glutamine to take offers no one answer for everyone.
Use the above recommendations as a guide and look to your body for
feedback. With time, you should find the quantity that works best
Glutamine is an extremely
versatile supplement. It is very basic and can aid a bodybuilder's
immune system, shorten recovery times and result in more satisfying
workouts. If you are looking for a supplement which will make you
stronger both in the gym and out, stimulates growth hormone
production and makes you feel great, glutamine may be for you.
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