@evilachilles- There is a slight taste difference with just pure glutamine powder, but with the Mega Glutamine supp I add, it just has a faint tart aftertaste. Try it out, dude.
@D Public- Yes, I know it hasn't been shown to do either of those things, but it's also a fact that it is absorbed when supplemented with, and even though it is the most prevalent and it is technically a non-essential amino, for bodybuilders and powerlifters, it can become a "conditionally-essential" amino, IMO, because your body's natural levels will become depleted when you train intensely. It's true that I could be getting enough every day simply through my 300-400g protein, but it's also true that I may not be, due to training 6 days/wk. I know how I think I feel from it shouldn't be anything I trust in, but I'm going to continue doing it for an extended period and see how my recovery and weight gain go.
@tolismann- Yeah, I was reading about that too, and while I don't suffer from any named bowel disorders, I do have food allergies to gluten, corn, lactose, and peanuts. I get digestive discomfort and diarrhea from all of these, and have to control my intake. I still consume all of them on a regular basis, mainly because of the cost factor of eating solely foods that don't aggravate me, and since having a steady supply of glutamine in my water, my movements have been decidedly firmer, almost to the point of being too firm, which is almost unheard of for me.
I'll post some updates as I notice anything else, and try to do some more research on glutamine.