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Shocking Glutamine Review: Why It’s Probably a Scam (For Most People)

By Rob Poulos...

It’s the most prolific amino acid in your body that could do a lot of good: Researchers say it could do everything from improving wound healing to help AIDS patients gain weight.  But for bodybuilders or occasional weightlifters, it serves an entirely different purpose–it’s a purported muscle gainer.  Could it really be a miracle supplement for helping you gain muscle?  In this review, we’ll explore what glutamine really is–and separate the real facts from fiction.

Glutamine: The Basics

Glutamine, otherwise known as L-Glutamine, is one of the most prolific amino acids in the human body, which plays a variety of roles when it comes to a person’s health.  Its main functions include protein synthesis, acting as a source of cellular energy, and increasing the synthesis of purines, a naturally-occurring compound that can worsen gout in high concentrations.

Unlike other amino acids, such as leucine, tryptophan, and lysine, glutamine isn’t an essential amino acid.  Essential amino acids are amino acids that the body cannot produce, so people need to consume it from calorie-containing substances.  Therefore, the need for glutamine isn’t as important as other amino acids, since glutamine is already naturally produced by the body.  In some circumstances, however, people may need to increase their glutamine intake because it may improve some health conditions.

Glutamine: What it May (Or May Not) Treat

When stress, injury, or otherwise serious health problems occur, a curious thing happens–levels of glutamine decrease, causing a slight deficiency that can make it harder to recover.  The biggest evidence of this is during serious injuries, infections, or burns, which cause the body to release a stress hormone called cortisol.  When cortisol levels are high, your glutamine levels decrease–not a good thing.  Research shows that increasing glutamine levels in these instances can reduce a person’s risk of death resulting from injury or infection.

But what about its effects on muscle–or possible weight gain?  Here the evidence isn’t quite clear cut.  According to the University of Maryland, people with serious health conditions, such as HIV or AIDS, benefit from glutamine supplementation because it helps increase weight gain.  The body may be unable to optimally provide good levels of glutamine, making supplementation necessary.  However, when glutamine is used in people who aren’t seriously sick, the benefits effectively die off–overwhelming evidence shows glutamine fails to enhance muscle gain or size.

So what’s the problem here?  According to researchers, it’s likely due to the fact that healthy people aren’t deficient in glutamine–so adding more glutamine can’t be utilized by the body.  The result?  No muscle gain whatsoever, and probably wasted money on a useless supplement.  It’s one of the biggest cons in the bodybuilding industry.

Should You Use Glutamine?

If you want to use glutamine, the evidence couldn’t be clearer–only people with serious health conditions benefit, according to medical research.  Want leaner, thicker muscle?  Then you’re better off eating right, exercising, and making sure you’re eating enough protein, an essential macronutrient necessary for proper muscle growth and performance.

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