Supplement Spotlight: Glutamine

The amino acid that can shorten recovery, increase muscle growth, improve digestion and support immunity


What is glutamine? 

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue, but can become depleted during intense exercise - which decreases strength and lengthens recovery glutamine also plays an important role in protein synthesis (the creation of muscle tissue) and for best results needs to be in a positive balance. On top of that, glutamine is the major component in the immune factor glutathione, a deficiency of which often leaves hard-training athletes vulnerable to colds or infections. 


How can glutamine benefit my training?

Athletes and bodybuilders most often take supplemental glutamine before, during, and after training to improve endurance, reduce muscle breakdown, and accelerate recovery.


How does it actually work?

Glutamine plays a crucial role in cell volumising and has powerful muscle building effects, promoting protein synthesis while inhibiting protein breakdown. It has been shown to help aid in increasing protein synthesis and growth hormone secretion, promoting nitrogen retention and muscle cell volumisng, speeding recovery after workouts, optimising glucose and insulin function, and helping prevent muscle breakdown.


Is it just for body builders and people strength training?

No, many people can benefit from supplementing with glutamine, aside from weight trainers. It is also a powerful gut aid, with your small intestines actually requiring the most glutamine of anywhere in the body to assist with rebuilding the lining. It is also an important factor in keeping a healthy immune system.


How should I take it?

Bodybuilders should take 10 to 15 grams of glutamine a day, supplementing it 2 to 3 times daily, with each serving at around 5 grams.

The best times to take glutamine are in the morning, after a workout, and at night before bedtime.

L-Glutamine can also be taken with meals or in your smoothie to replace muscle glutamine stores, and rebuild glutathione levels. For general health, you may take one serving a day, or as advised by your healthcare professional.


Find it in our FIT smoothies: Muscle, Rip, Recovery, Strip, Tone, Immunity

Buy it from FIT: we stock Body Ripped L-Glutamine, APS Glutamine, Muscle Pharm Glutamine and EHP Labs Glutamine


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