7 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT GLUTAMINE
Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in the body, constitutes over 60% of the free-floating pool of amino acids in your muscle tissue.
In times of stress, including intense exercise or training, injury or illness, your body robs your muscles of glutamine—breaking down your hard earned muscle. Because depletion of glutamine can lead to muscle wasting, suppressed immune function, intestine atrophy and leave your body vulnerable in many ways, Glutamine is considered by many a “conditionally essential” amino acid.
In my book it’s “life essential.” Glutamine even slightly edges out creatine as my #1 favorite supplement of all time.
7 Amazing Actions of Glutamine:
- Helps Build and Preserve Muscle
- Improves Brain Function / Mood
- May Boost Weight Loss Thru Insulin Control
- Strengthens Immune Strength
- Controls Sugar & Alcohol Cravings
- Supports Optimal Gut Health
- Maintains Body Ph Balance
After you read these delicious benefits of glutamine I expect you’ll be eager to find where you can get some of your own. No worries… I got ya covered. Stay tuned.
1) GLUTAMINE HELPS YOU GAIN MUSCLE AND KEEP IT
Through a number of both anabolic and anti-catabolic actions, Glutamine helps you when the “get-bigger-muscles” game but helping build them and keep muscle.
Here’s how it helps you win the muscle gain game:
Glutamine Promotes Protein Synthesis
Glutamine acts as a regulator of protein synthesis, increasing protein synthesis and decreasing protein degradation in muscle. And there is reason to suspect that the more glutamine in the muscle the greater rate of protein synthesis. (That’s good!)
Glutamine Super-Hydrates Muscle Boosting Anabolic Process
Glutamine is the most important amino acid for promoting cellular hydration (aka cell volume). And cellular hydration seems to be positively anabolic stimulus for protein synthesis—making Glutamine even more important in the complex process of adding muscle.
[It’s worth noting that cellular dehydration directly stimulates catabolism—or muscle breakdown. Once again emphasizing the anabolic and anti-catabolic actions of Glutamine.]
Glutamine Blocks Muscle Stripping Stress and Cortisol
Stress and its catabolic hormone associate, cortisol, can ravage the muscle tissue, your immune system, robbing your energy and vitality at an alarming rate. Glutamine acts like a defense shield, effectively blocking the potential devastation common in times of stress.
Glutamine appears to have significant anabolic effects
A nitrogen and carbon donor, Glutamine is an important muscle-building amino acid; that also helps replenish muscle glycogen after exercise. Without sufficient glutamine, muscles will atrophy.
As a super-duper special bonus, studies show that Glutamine may have a positive impact on GH release (growth hormone) and even indirectly support testosterone.
2) GLUTAMINE IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTIONING
Glutamine is a “universal donor” for your neurochemistry—brain function—as it modulates both GABA, a calming neurotransmitter, and Glutamate a stimulating neurotransmitter.
Glutamine is highly concentrated in the brain. An important fuel for the brain, it is helpful with focus, concentration, memory, intellectual performance, alertness, attentiveness, improving mood, & eliminating brain fog & cloudiness.
3) GLUTAMINE HELPS CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR & INSULIN LEVELS
Glutamine plays a vital role in controlling of blood sugar. When the blood sugar is low, Glutamine suppresses insulin to stop the further decline of the sugar levels. It also stimulates glycogen to be released to help increase the blood sugar to normal levels, preventing hypoglycemia.
Helping insulin levels and blood sugar to return to more moderate levels may contribute to a reduction in appetite and increased weight loss as high levels of insulin are implicated in metabolic syndrome, diabetes and may be a leading contributor to weight gain and obesity.
4) GLUTAMINE STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Glutamine is the primary source of energy for the various cells of the immune system, including T-cells and macrophages. Strenuous exercise, viral and bacterial infections, and stress and trauma in general cause glutamine depletion that starve immune cells. They decline in number and/or show diminished activity.
5) GLUTAMINE DECREASES SUGAR AND ALCOHOL CRAVINGS
Glutamines role in free-flowing support of brain chemistry along with blood-sugar stabilizing effects explain why it has been shown to decrease alcohol and sugar cravings.
In studies with alcoholics, glutamine decreased the desire to drink, decreased anxiety, & improved sleep. It works best given upon rising and between meals.
Giving Glutamine to rats decreased their voluntary alcohol consumption by 34%. When the Glutamine was stopped, their alcohol consumption returned to baseline levels.
6) GLUTAMINE MAINTAINS OPTIMAL HEALTH OF THE GUT
The primary fuel source for the cells lining the intestinal tract, glutamine is critical for the maintenance of proper gut metabolism, structure & function. The cells lining the small intestines consume Glutamine at a voracious rate, using up to 30% of the circulatory pool.
Studies show that Glutamine helps promote healing of an impaired gut, in people suffering with ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s Disease. It enhances bowel function when there has been partial removal of the intestines & improves overall survival in gut originated severe infection.
Glutamine may even help combat gut permeability which can lead to increased allergy reactions to foods, & increased predisposition to autoimmune problems.
7) GLUTAMINE MAINTAINS BLOOD and BODY Ph Balance
Glutamine also plays a part in maintaining proper blood pH range. If the pH of the blood is too acidic, glutamine is directed to the kidneys, where it results in the release of bicarbonate ions to correct acidosis. If the pH is too alkaline, more glutamine is sent to the liver, where a different kind of metabolism releases hydrogen ions to correct alkalosis.
BONUS: OTHER GLUTAMINE BENEFITS
- Antioxidant Power: Glutamine is important for the synthesis of glutathione one of our body’s “Master Antioxidants.”
- Liver Protection: Glutamine may play a significant hepatoprotective role against drugs which strain your liver, yes, even anabolic steroids.
- Protects Lungs: Adequate Glutamine helps to protect the lungs from toxic insult.
There are many reasons for to be taking glutamine: bigger, stronger muscles and immune system, a healthier intestines, better blood sugar control—which means weight loss—and a more vibrant brain.
Glutamine is especially important for people who suffer from intestinal problems, frequent NSAID users who need to protect their gastrointestinal tract, those with immune dysfunction, and anyone under heavy stress (including strenuous exercise) or recovering from injury or other trauma.
It may also be helpful as adjunct therapy in the treatment of addictions such as alcoholism. Glutamine is especially popular for bodybuilders and athletes wish to add muscle and boost their physical strength and mental energy.
Where to Get GLUTAMINE
Glutamine is relatively plentiful in animal and plant proteins. The typical American diet provides between 3.5 grams and 7 grams of glutamine.
Glutamine can be supplemented in its pure, white powdered form. It dissolves quickly and has a light sweet taste so it needs to masking. Add it to a nutrition shake (not Full Strength as we already do that for you) or just water or juice.
Glutamine is abundantly present in whey protein. The Full Strength nutrition shake provides a whopping 11.7 grams of glutamine from the Premium Protein blend, including its high concentrations of whey isolate, and an additional pure-glutamine boost. This mega-dose of glutamine may contribute to Full Strength’s lasting satiety and ability to balance and sustain blood sugar—insulin levels for hours.
To Your LIFE @ FULL Strength,