Glutamine – what does it do? Is it really worth taking? If you are not sure about the following two answers then this class is for you! So sit back, take your concentration tablet and focus, because the CHROME Glutamine class is in session. In my opinion, glutamine is definitely an underrated product. A lot of individuals think because their whey protein blends contains a bit of glutamine that it is sufficient to aid them in their muscle building and recovery goals. The sad thing is, you are wrong! But let’s start from the beginning.
Glutamine is a non-essential amino acids produced in the body and aids in a lot of different bodily functions. Did you know that more than 60% of glutamine is found in skeletal muscle? Now think about it, every time you hit the track or gym you are working those muscles, meaning you are depleting your glutamine stores. The more you work out the more glutamine you will require. Scientifically glutamine has a molecule structure of 2 nitrogen side chains, which basically makes it the primary transporter of nitrogen.
Did you know that when you are sick, under stress or recovering from an injury your bodies glutamine demands rise? The reason for this is that glutamine is the body’s number one fuel source when it comes to its cells in the immune system. Does this mean I should take glutamine supplements when I have the flu? Yeah! Absolutely! Try it out; you will be amazed at how well it works. Glutamine also enhances protein synthesis (when muscles can recover and grow); this makes it an anti-catabolic tool! The body loses up to 50% of its total glutamine levels during training, which is the perfect reason for you to replenish it with not only a whey protein shake but with an extra 5-10grams of glutamine. Supplementing with glutamine can help speed up muscle recovery.
To be honest, anyone can supplement and benefit from glutamine. It’s a very safe product to use but it is recommended that you always consult with your physician before using any supplements.
This depends on your body weight but an effective dose for the average individual is 5g, 3-4 times a day.
The best time to take your glutamine would be when glutamine stores are low within the body. This would mostly be directly after intense training.