Anyone use Glutamine? Does it work?

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    Jan 04, 2007 12:20 AM GMT
    A couple of guys I know swear by glutamine. Anyone use it? Does it work for you? Any side effects?
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    Jan 04, 2007 8:35 AM GMT
    Hey,

    I am a Pro Ironman Triathlete and I have recently started using L-Glutamine after long workouts. I have also tried using it during some. I think there is a benifit with recover. Amino Vital is a marketed brand in the triathlon community but really doesn't give you enough. Go to a Vitamin type store and get a tub of pure L-Glutamine and use around 11 grams after a long workout. No side effects to my knowledge. I think it works.

    Cheers,
    bdc
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    Jan 04, 2007 10:28 AM GMT
    Before you use any supplements, Google the ingredients, see what comes up. Although there are some supplements on the market that do work. Creatine, glutamine, etc. Many are just hype. They want our money guys! Be wise, do some research on them.
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    Jan 04, 2007 1:16 PM GMT
    has any one had problems with not geting and maintaining a hardon. I just cant get a hard on and was wondering is this mite be the cause?

    superstud
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    Jan 04, 2007 6:23 PM GMT
    Thanks guys. I'm going to try Boulderguy's suggestion and see if it works. I've used creatine before, but it made my stomach cramp. Hopefully this one will be different. :)
  • UStriathlete

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    Jan 04, 2007 6:31 PM GMT
    Yes..it works. Especially for recovery after a long workout 90 mins or hard interval workout and weight training. 5gm is the recommend serving. Adding BCAA would be the combination.
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    Jan 04, 2007 10:23 PM GMT
    You might consider the REAL-food alternatives to supplements. A great source for glutamine is raw eggs. They contain glutamic acid which is converted to glutamine, and in the real food form is also very healthy for your brain. Eggs also give you tons of proteins & amino acids.

    As always, do plenty of your own research first. The safest eggs are free range, organic grain-fed, and well washed.
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    Jan 05, 2007 5:12 AM GMT
    I use glutamine and creatine for weight training (I am a world class masters drugfree powerlifter, also training for bodybuilding). The two work together for muscle recuperation after hardcore weight training. I started on creatine first, effects were dramatic at first (my bench press and squat shot up like I was on 'roids', then the effects leveled out. Then I added glutamine, got more out of it. With creatine (5-10 grams/day), glutamine dose is one gram per gram of creatine, taken with the creatine. By itself, glutamine dose is 20 grams/day (thats why it is good to take with creatine, they help each other). If not already taking it, try creatine first, it is cheap. Load up the creatine at 20 grams/day (split in 5-10 g doses) for 4 days, then dose at 5 to 10 grams daily. You may be very satisfied with the results. If wanting more, add the 1 gram glutamine with each 1 grams of creatine. The glutamine costs more, still relatively cheap.

    Note that glutamine is typically side effect free, creatine can cause water retention and possible weight gain.

    Some people say that you should 'cycle off' at times for one month periods, this is debatable.

    Always buy brand names, the 'off brands' often have questionable ingredients and quality.

    Little John
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    Jan 06, 2007 2:55 AM GMT
    I use a creatine/glutamine combo about half an hour to an hour before my Spinning classes (I often teach twice in one day) and have found that it really helps keep my muscles from fatiguing and running down. Also, generally feel energized instead of wiped afterwards. That's part training technique but also I believe a benefit of the suppliments.
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    Jan 06, 2007 10:19 PM GMT
    Glutamine supplements do not mix well with me(tried a few different delivery methods, times etc.). I stick with a creatine/whey protein mix usually twice a day - once mid morning and once post workout. I mix with protein (artificially sweetened) instead of a sugar based drink to cut out a few calories, and because I can use the protein boost since I don't eat meat. It also seems to be relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other supplements on the market.
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    Jan 10, 2007 2:05 AM GMT
    I use Higher Power brand Glutimine powder. I mix a heaping teaspoon of it in my pre-workout protein shake along with Creatine Ethyl Ester and then I have the same "cocktail" after my workout. I think it helps with recovery; I've been working out for 8-months without any over training problems, something I had a lot of trouble with when I wasn't using it.
  • pjc315569

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    May 17, 2007 12:19 AM GMT
    Glutamine is an important amino acid, and I don't know of any bad side effects. It is important both for retention of muscle (i.e. protein synthesis) and also immune function. I do a lot of weights and cardio but I think it does help maintain the muscle you've got. it's not going to make you huge LOL. i would get glutamine peptides, which apparently is absorbed by the body better, and take anywhere from 5 to 10 grams per day.
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    Jun 23, 2007 12:43 AM GMT
    Glutamine is a great amino acid, but really, for substantial muscle growth and repair, you should have a diet that is full of multiple amino acids - not just oversupplementation with one.

    Glutamine is found in foods high in proteins, such as fish, red meat, beans, and dairy products. So, depending on your diet, you may not need supplementation. Natural sources are best, but I take an amino-acid complex to supplement my diet because I'm vegetarian and don't eat soy (which is the only plant food that is a 'complete protein' source - meaning it provides all 8 of the essential amino acids).
  • UStriathlete

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    Jun 23, 2007 12:25 PM GMT
    Soy protein is not a complete protein.

    Jarrow L Glutamine is awesome quality and good value. Try their Gylcine Propionyl-L-Carnitine HCL is really nice.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Sep 17, 2007 8:29 PM GMT
    I swear by glutamine (I take the Jarrow brand). I have been taking protein, creatine, etc. for years. Back in 2005 I simply added 10 mg of glutamine a day. I have gained roughly 20 pounds of muscle and feel better than ever.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 20, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    I had to respond since this is the oldest forum topic. I've never tried it, but have heard many positive aspects. My only concern would be to have enough background to use it prudently... and not stupidly!
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    Aug 21, 2009 7:07 AM GMT
    Bump!
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    Aug 31, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    Glutamine is def one of the few tried'n true supps. However, if u are already using a high quality protein powder (say an isolate) u will ge getting between 5-8gs of glutamine (sometimes listed as glutamic acid) per scoop. two to three of those (pre/post work out and bed time) a day will more then fill your glutamine needs. anything on top of that like a seperate powder is a waste of loot.

    Peace!
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    Sep 02, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
    I think many guys who regularly go to the gym take this. To me, they look chunky! I'm not sure about the side-effects though. Why not google it?
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    May 13, 2014 9:07 PM GMT
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  • mybud

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    Jul 21, 2014 3:16 AM GMT
    No....
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    Aug 21, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    Paul was here.
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    Aug 24, 2014 1:09 PM GMT
    There are no side effects, however as with any supplements, remember the manufacturers are always trying to cut corners so do your research and make sure you're getting the purest ingredients possible. I take it after a heavy squat or deadlift day and can see a dramatic difference in muscle soreness the next day.
  • Destinharbor

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    Aug 24, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
    I asked my doctor if he knew anything about suppliments, both to get his thoughts (he was chief physician for Nascar) and to notify him to watch for negative interactions with prescription pills, and his comment was "Protein is always good. Glutamine is required if you are lifting. The rest are a waste of money." I also take creatine but that's about it.
  • DSHANE

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    Aug 28, 2014 3:09 AM GMT
    No,Its already in my whey protein at 4grams a serving, don't see a reason why I would have to supplement with anymore or how it could be more beneficially doing so since I'm already getting probably 16-20 grams a day.