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Sodium/Salt & Glutamine

I read this statement in a popular publication.

“Don’t consume too much sodium, when sdium enter a muscle cell, it causes more glutamin to be released. Thereby reducing potential muscle growth”

There were no references.

I was always led to beleive that salt was good for volumizing a cell and enhancing Anabolism.

Although sodium may help with creatine transport, it generally has a cellular dehydrating effect.

This is from the osmotic pull of fluid into the vasculature, resulting in high blood pressure.

I doubt this effect is specific to glutamine, but it doesn’t seem like cellular glutamine levels have any effect on anabolism/anticatabolism in healthy people.

Hope this helps!

[quote]fedorov91 wrote:
I read this statement in a popular publication.

“Don’t consume too much sodium, when sdium enter a muscle cell, it causes more glutamin to be released. Thereby reducing potential muscle growth”

There were no references.

I was always led to beleive that salt was good for volumizing a cell and enhancing Anabolism.[/quote]

I was asking because I liberally use salt on my foods because it is a good calorie free way to add flavor to otherwise bland foods.