Glutamine Review

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» BSN CellMass ($36.95 per 640 grams - contains Whey and Creatine)
» Higher Power L-Glutamine ($29.99 per 1000 grams)
» EAS L-Glutamine ($18.55 per 400 grams)

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L-Glutamine 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 workout.

Unfortunately 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 mix.

If you want straight up glutamine, go for the budget approach - either Higher Power L-Glutamine or EAS L-Glutamine.

Read about why buying supplements online is recommended.

» Scientific Sources:

Newsholme. "Biochemical mechanisms to explain immunosuppression in well trainde and over trained athletes". Int. Journal of Sports Medicine. Oct 1994.

Varnier, M. and G. Leese, et. al. "Stimulatory effect of glutamine on glycogen accumulation in human skeletal muscle." American Journal of Physiology.

Wellbourne, TC. "Increased plasma bicarbonate and growth hormone after an oral glutamine load." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. May 1995 61(5).