For the past 5 years or so, I have been adding a teaspoon of glutamine powder to each of my protein shakes. The reason being is because I did my research and found out about all the positive effects of glutamine supplementation, especially if you’re looking to get cut, which has been my main goal.
First of all, let me explain what glutamine is. Glutamine is an amino acid that helps with the production of muscle and also helps support the immune system. Since it helps with the production of muscle, it’s great to use if you’re looking to lose body fat and maintain the muscle you have already gained. Since you will be cutting calories and carbs to get cut, it’s very easy for the body to target muscle for energy, which makes it tough not to lose any muscle with the fat. With high intensity programs like P90X or Insanity, you can easily lose muscle if you’re not eating properly or taking in the right supplements at the right times. Glutamine actually helps prevent muscle breakdown, which allows you to maintain the muscle that you have gained. Even though glutamine supplementation alone will not be benficial to take when trying to gain mass, there have been many studies done that show that combining glutamine and creatine together increases power and strength.
When I was younger, I got sick quite often. I even remember a few times that I was sick for 3 weeks or even a month at a time. I’ve had mono and even spinal meningitis in the past. However, since I have been taking glutamine, the amount of times I get sick during the year has drastically decreased. It was common for me to be sick a good 6-7 times a year, but now it’s maybe once or twice a year, and the sickness doesn’t last very long. I also started working out heavily when I started glutamine supplementation, which has had a positive effect on my health, but I believe the glutamine has helped quite a bit as well.
Glutamine is a supplement that I take regularly, and one that I recommend for everyone for both immune health and muscle production. Let me know if you have any questions about it. I usually get mine from either Vitamin Shoppe or Wal-Mart.
*Always check with your doctor before beginning any supplement!
A post-workout supplement that I use and recommend that has glutamine in it is the P90X Recovery Formula!
P90X Coach Josh