There are a couple of must haves when you are working out: you must have a good nutrition plan set up, you must get enough rest, and so on. To “supplement” this list of must-haves is the supplement glutamine (excuse the pun). Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a pro, if you are trying to lose weight, get bigger, or tone up, glutamine is something you need to have in your cupboard. It has many diverse benefits to help you develop more efficiently and expediently well as to help keep you in good general health.
Firstly, you are probably wondering what glutamine is. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the human body used to help regulate cell growth and function. In addition to being produced by our bodies, glutamine can be found in beans, meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, many protein powders, and of course, on the shelves at your local supplement store in pure powder or pill form. Some of its benefits are that it serves as a “brain fuel” that increases brain function and mental activity, promotes a healthy digestive tract, significantly shortens the healing time of ulcers, reduces depression, impotence, fatigue; decreases sugar cravings and perhaps most important to us (considering this is a fitness article), it helps build and maintain muscle tissue through minimizing muscle deterioration and increasing protein metabolism AND glutamine also helps tighten skin which is perfect for someone who has recently lost a lot of weight.
There is simply no denying Glutamines benefits to our bodies. However, despite the fact that it is the most abundant amino acid in our system, the complication is that it is always being depleted. During intense training, Glutamine levels are significantly depleted in our bodies which reduces stamina and muscle recovery. Research indicates that following intense workouts, glutamine levels could be reduced by as much as 50% and it could take up to 6 days for Glutamine levels to return to their normal levels.
Having your Glutamine levels depleted will slow the progress you see from exercise and since one of Glutamine’s main jobs is keeping up collagen levels, which is critical for healthy skin, a deficiency will make your skin look older, while supplementing with glutamine can actually be effective in tightening loose skin. The most common dosage of glutamine is 5 to 10 grams on an empty stomach 25 to 30 minutes prior to working out and then 5 to 10 grams immediately afterwards. Many also take 5 to 10 grams upon waking and directly before bed to combat muscle breakdown which occurs during sleep. If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight and part of your goal is skin tightening, I would take 20 grams of glutamine each day, even on days that you do not work out, split it up into 2-4 servings taken on an empty stomach if possible to maximize absorption.
If you aren’t taking Glutamine you need to start; I’m sure you can appreciate why I consider it a must have. Furthermore, as amazing as Glutamine is in terms of its effectiveness, it is also amazing in terms of its affordability and it is one of the most reasonable priced supplements you will find on the market. Quite simply, glutamine as so much to offer you, you can’t afford not to take it![ad_2]
Source by Christopher Naughton