» Editor Review:
is an amino acid suspected to
be an important factor in aiding
the body in dealing with physical
stress and recovery from injury/trauma.
Since bodybuilders are constantly
putting their bodies under significant
physical stress, it makes sense
that glutamine would be beneficial
for muscle building applications.
It has been scientifically established
that low levels of glutamine in
the body are associated with muscle
loss and depletion. In other words,
supplementing with glutamine helps
maintain muscle growth and may
help to rebuild muscle after a
real-world evidence of the impact
of glutamine is spotty. Lab studies
show it may work, but no bodybuilder
will tell you that it is going
to build significant muscle. It
may, however, be useful in preventing
loss of muscle or overtraining.
Since there doesn't seem to be
any harm in taking glutamine,
I reccomend using BSN
CellMass because it
includes creatine, whey protein,
glutamine, and several other popular
supplements into one good-tasting
If you want straight up glutamine,
go for the budget approach - either Higher
Power L-Glutamine or EAS
Read about why buying supplements online is recommended.
» Scientific Sources:
"Biochemical mechanisms to
explain immunosuppression in well
trainde and over trained athletes". Int. Journal of Sports Medicine. Oct 1994.
M. and G. Leese, et. al. "Stimulatory
effect of glutamine on glycogen
accumulation in human skeletal
muscle." American Journal
TC. "Increased plasma bicarbonate
and growth hormone after an oral
glutamine load." American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition. May 1995 61(5).