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Glutamine Poll


#1

Dr. Lowery placed this in his article:

"In the past I personally think that I've benefited from just a quarter-scoop (~1 Tbsp) of protein powder, an egg white or even 3-5g of glutamine or indispensable amino acids just as I'm beginning the "cardio".

I have been reading so many conflicting reports on Glutamine that I want to poll the T-Nation members to find out:

A. Do you use Glutamine?

B. Do you find that it makes a difference?

C. How do you take it if you do take it? With other Amino's? or by itself?

Thanks for your help..

Zeb


#2

A. Yes. From Surge.

B. I don't know about Glutamine by itself, but Surge makes a huge difference for me.

C. 24 ounces of water, 3 scoops of Surge, 5 grams of creatine.

Christopher


#3

A. Do you use Glutamine?

  • Not anymore

B. Do you find that it makes a difference?

  • After reading Dave Barrs article on glutamine, i started thinking if it did anything, so i stopped using it for nearlly a year now and see no difference.

#4

I use glut. I put it in my PWO and also a scoop before bed with ZMA. I think it helps keep my immune system jacked. I swear by its ability to ward off bugs during high stress or heavy workouts.


#5

I use it

Can't say it makes a difference - essentially like taking a multivitamin - do you notice a difference with a multi-v?

I take 3g first thing in the morning and with Surge after wo

you are right abouit the conflicting articles - but I look good so I'm going to keep using it.


#6

you don't use Surge? 2 demerit points!!!!


#7

I used glutamine around 3 or 4 years ago when I last cycled with creatine. I consumed around 5-10 grams a day back then (training at a frequency of about 5 times/week at high intensity). Two scoops of Surge provides 3 grams of glutamine which I've read isn't enough for optimal brain function or immune support.

I actually ordered a kilo of this stuff last night so I'm thinking of stacking it with creatine again and D-ribose after I get done with my cutting phase. Since I always consumed glutamine with creatine, I can't ascribe any anti-fatiguing or strength gaining effects to it, but it could be analogous to vitamins as a fellow poster already relayed.

Peace be with you ZEB.


#8

He didn't say he didn't use Surge. that may well be what he means by PWO> Anyhow, you can make your own shake that is just as good as Surge with a nearly identical profile. Except it tastes like ass and is a pain in the ass to mix.


#9

A: Used to use it, but quit after reading about how it can make your internal organs and intestines grow

B: I don't know whether it had any effect or not, but for the year or more I used it, I was never sick, so maybe it did boost my immune system.

C: Added it to pwo shake usually


#10

I really don't notice any differences when I'm not using it as opposed to when I am. Therefore, it's not something I spend money on anymore.


#11

I don't use Surge. I have been working out for some time before Surge came along and have done quite well thank you. I like this site, but if you think the only way to gain muscle is to ingest only these supps is pretty ridiculous.

My PWO is gatorade/glut/protein.

I carry almost 230-240lbs of lbm.

I don't eat rolled oats for breakfast.

I mix fats and carbs.

I believe in glut.

I don't get results from creatine.

You see, I've got experience and my own empirical evidence by which I measure my progress and what works for me. I don't let one article or one study determine my workout or my nutrition. Surge may be good. But if glut is bad for you, why was it added to Surge?


#12

Take it easy...I was one of the people saying that Surge is great but not strictly necessary for great progress. I used to make my own shake. I don't think glutamine is bad personally. I just didn't notice any benefits, myself. With creatine I do.


#13

Actually--it wasn't you who I was responding too. Sorry about the mix up. I was popping the guy who gave me 2 demerit points(whatever theF that is) for not using Surge.


#14

Whoever said that glutamine is harmful?

It's a naturally-occuring amino acid after all, so I can't imagine anyone making such a claim.


#15

I could totally be wrong but I seen to remember Berardi stating that ONE of the reasons straight amino acids (to include the glutamine) was added to Surge was that it boosted the insulin response even more.


#16

Oh, and to answer Zeb's question.

I used it years ago for a few months and didn't notice any difference.

I would use 5 grams added to my Surge (yea yea, I know) and 5 more with bedtime Grow!.


#17

What about an author from this site and referrenced in 2 posts above.


#18

I use 40g of glutamine peptides PWO and before bed, along with my NO-Xplode. It makes me swole.


#19

Glutamine, IMHO is a 'wonder' supplement. It keeps you from over-training, since the main thing that gets taxed during long, heavy workouts is your CNS. Thats where glutamine comes in. I've lifted more, and with greater ease while I was on it. I take it first thing in the morning. Then, preworkout with my Creatine. Post workout with my whey shake. And, at bedtime. 5g dose each.


#20

I've never used a glutamine supplement ...

hope I've been helpful...

some fools even claim that testosterone (a naturally occuring hormone) can be harmful...hahaha