I know that KM has made a lot of good points lately about glutamine and how its mostly ineffective. He pm'd me a couple studies that proved this point for strength and repair in the short term. I have since done some research myself and the only real beneficial studies that I could find were when consumed intraveinously post surgery to stave of catabolism and atrophy.
I know that many people on this forum, if not all, have spent money on glutamine. So is it a waste of money? And if it is effective, what is it effective in doing. Here is an portion of an article off of bodybuilding.com that I found interesting,
"While studies have shown that the percentage of orally consumed glutamine is found to be small in the blood after consumption, it is only because the digestive cells of the stomach and intestine consume most of it.
I know what you're thinking, "Why then would I want to waste my money if my muscles aren't going to be getting it?" The reason is that the consumption by these intestinal cells will occur whether we supplement with glutamine or not! These cells need glutamine to fuel our immune system and support our health.
If we don't take in extra glutamine, the body will make sure to break down muscle to provide adequate amounts of glutamine for these cells. That's right, even those of us who don't workout still need glutamine, and the body makes sure it gets it, by breaking down muscle. It does so by pulling available glutamine stores out of the muscle tissue as well as breaking down muscle to produce more glutamine.
We all know how important protein is to muscle growth, so we need to make sure glutamine concentrations are adequate to prevent muscle loss. If we are constantly breaking down muscle, there is no way we will get stronger, stay healthy, or build more muscle.
Glutamine is also a protein synthesis regulator, meaning if it isn't found in adequate concentrations in the muscles, the body will have a hard time building more muscle.
So the bottom line is - supplement with glutamine! This will ensure that the stomach cells have what they require to support immunity, muscle concentrations are adequate to stimulate growth, and that muscle is not broken down to produce more glutamine. More and more studies continue to show that this amino acid is vital for any hard training athlete. In my opinion, it is a necessity."
I found this to be very intersting and it doesnt contradict anything that the members on this board have informed me with. So what do you think? Effective or not?
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