Ever feel like your muscles are having a break down after a hardcore workout? That's because they are. To repair the muscle damage that results from working out and promote protein synthesis, your muscles use their glutamine stores, which are nonessential amino acids that are a byproduct of the synthesis of other amino acids.
Of all the amino acids, glutamine is the most versatile. According to David Pearson, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA, director of the Strength Research Laboratory at Ball State University and a former member of the board of directors of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, "besides aiding muscle growth and maintaining a healthy immune system, glutamine is a cell volumizer, meaning that it helps the muscle hold water, which is also necessary for growth and repair."
Although glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in your body, it can still be depleted when released post workout. This inhibits protein synthesis, making for a rough, sore muscle recovery. You can counter this possibility by taking a glutamine supplement. Your best options include:
$29.95 for 400-gram container
MET-Rx® Hardcore L-Glutamine
$22.49 for 300-gram container
$30 for 300-gram container
Twinlab® Glutamine Fuel Powder
$23.95 for four-ounce container
Complete L-Glutamine PowerTM
$32.25 for 400-gram container
Prolab® Glutamine Powder
$29.99 for 300-gram container
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