L-Glutamine – An introduction

No doubt by now after reading a few articles, training in the gym and seeking any advise you can. You know how important it is to get fitter, stronger, learner and quicker. You have heard of L-Glutamine. Anyone with any gastrointestinal problems will probably also have been suggested to use it.

What is L-Glutamine?

It is an amino acid which is naturally produced in your body. It is the most common amino acid found in your muscles which makes up 61% of your skeletal tissue. You can get amino acids from a lab (chemically synthesized). A more natural version is the fermentation of vegetables. This is incidentally is much more expensive (as you can imagine). Although I always preach – You get what you pay for.

So always make sure you spend a bit more on supplements to get the best products possible. L-Glutamine is usually sold in powder or pill form. So use whichever you prefer (I buy the powdered form to mix with water or a protein shake).

What does L-Glutamine actually do?

It is commonly used by athletes and body builders to assist muscle growth. As mentioned before, it makes up a huge amount of muscle tissue. So it is vital that you keep this amino acid topped up to aid with protein synthesis. If your L-Glutamine stores aren’t topped up after intense workouts at home or the gym, muscle wasting can occur. This happens when you are fatigued and slower rest periods. If levels are kept high the opposite effect happens. Making you:

  • Recover quicker in rest periods
  • Repair muscles
  • Increase consistency in general strength.

Cell hydration is another key aspect of L-Glutamine. This helps enhance cell volume and again helps with muscular repair.

Growth Hormone

Anyone who trains hard at home or the gym usually aims to release Human Growth Hormone (HGH). L-Glutamine hugely increases the levels of naturally occurring HGH. Therefore your metabolism is definitely increased due to HGH. This makes processing food and metabolising fats much more efficient. It is also more effective thus leading to a reduction in fat. While helping build muscle. Research shows that 2 grams of L-Glutamine can increase HGH by over 400%.

Great for repair

Glutamine also has the ability to repair and maintain the integrity of the bowels. Therefore it is great for people suffering for gastrointestinal problems such as Diverticulitis and intestinal ulcers.

We would definitely suggest this supplement to most if not all gym goers. This is not just for the muscular benefits. But also the other health benefits mentioned above!

L-Glutamine should be taken alongside a healthy balanced diet and mixed in with great workouts. Check out our full range of adjustable dumbbells and adjustable kettlebells for more intense workouts.