Hey, what’s up guys? Sean Nalewanyj, of EliteImpactLabs.com
here, with another muscle in minutes Q&A, where I answer your bodybuilding and fitness
questions in two minutes or less, so today’s question is on the issue of glutamine supplement
and whether or not it’s a worthwhile supplement to include in your bodybuilding program? So,
I did do a detailed video on this a few months back, which I’ll link up in the corner here.
But I will also cover that here in a more concise and to-the-point Q&A. So, very quickly,
is glutamine worth your money? There’s three major claims you’re going to hear on the issue
of glutamine supplementation. The first is that it increases protein synthesis. The second
is that it helps to replenish post-workout glycogen levels. And the third is that it
helps to increase growth hormone secretion. So, let’s go through each one really quick.
On the issue of protein synthesis, glutamine has been shown to increase protein synthesis,
but only in those suffering from clinical stress and not from exercise-induced stress.
These are two very, very different things. And there is no data currently available that
shows that glutamine increases proteins synthesis in otherwise healthy athletes. Secondly is
on the issue of glycogen replenishment. Even an exhausted weight training workout is only
going to drain glycogen by around 30%. Even then, there’s no need to immediately replenish
those levels unless you are training the same muscle groups again on the same day. You’re
going to finish your workout, you’re going to go home, you’re going to have a post-workout
meal with some carbs in it, probably a few other meals before you do your next training
session. And those glycogen levels are going to naturally replenish themselves anyway.
And there’s really no need for a supplement that’s going to aid you in that process, because
you’re nutrition will take care of it anyway. And finally is the issue of growth hormone
secretion. There’s a huge difference between a substance that boosts growth hormone and
a substance that boosts growth hormone to a level that is going to favorably affect
body composition or performance. In order to favorably affect those variables, you need
to boost growth hormone levels by a very, very high percentage. And there is no data
showing that glutamine can accomplish this. So, that’s also not worth worrying about.
So, is glutamine worth including in your program? For the average bodybuilding, no. It’s going
to be a waste of money. All of the claims made about glutamine, can’t be backed up by
any solid research. And I will recommend that you stick to proven supplements with reliable
track records and forget about L-Glutamine. So, that’s that question answered. I hope
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