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What is L-Glutamine?
L-Glutamine is the most abundant free-form amino acid found in muscle tissue. L-Glutamine plays a vital role in protein metabolism and muscle recovery. L-Glutamine is not only utilized by muscle tissue, but also in large quantities by the immune system and by the digestive system. Intense training can deplete stores of L-Glutamine. A depletion of L-Glutamine can cause muscle breakdown.
Why should I use L-Glutamine?
By supplementing with L-Glutamine, bodybuilders may be able to prevent muscle tissue breakdown and help promote cell volumization. When L-Glutamine is in short supply, muscle tissue becomes the first part of the body to lose L-Glutamine. Muscle tissue breaks down which leads to flat muscles, less strength, and an unfavorable environment for muscle growth. L-Glutmaine can lead to protein metabolism and cell volumizing. Cell volumizing is a process whereby water molecules are pulled into the muscle cell, helping them become pumped. This also creates the necessary conditions for muscle growth.
What doses of L-Glutamine should be taken?
Supplementing the diet with as little as 2-6 grams per day may have significant effects on protein metabolism and cell volumizing. Similar to Creatine, L-Glutamine seems to require a "loading phase" whereby taking higher doses of this amino acid, sometimes as high as 10-15 grams per day, may cause a rapid increase in cell volumization and muscle hardness thus leading to greater muscular gains. EAS has a product called GKG which offers L-Glutamine. GKG not only provides the free amino acid L-Glutamine but also the L-Glutamine precursors alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) and taurine, the second most abundant free amino acid in muscle, which also promotes cell volumizing. GKG has been designed as a post-workout supplement to replenish and restore key amino acids following an intense workout. The best way to take GKG is to consume six capsules within 30 minutes following a workout on an empty stomach. On training days, take another six capsules before bedtime with a carbohydrate drink or meal. On days you don't exercise, the recommendation is to take 12 capsules before going to bed.
What side effects are caused by L-Glutamine?
L-Glutamine is a natural amino acid produced by our bodies and is believed to be safe.
Should I cycle L-Glutamine?
L-Glutamine is produced naturally by our bodies. Therefore, cycling L-Glutamine is not necessary because low levels of L-Glutamine in our bodies can lead to impaired protein metabolism and tissue breakdown. EAS adds L-Glutamine to their Myoplex Plus Deluxe. Checkout this supplement under meal replacements.
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