Glutamine + Amino Acids

Q: Previously, you've mentioned branched-chain amino acids and glutamine as two great supplements in your newsletter. Can you tell me more about them?

A: Okay, here's what you need to know about these supplements:

They are staples (most supplements should be cycled but these guys are the exception!)

It's best to have glutamine peptides since they are absorbed 20 times better than l-glutamine (Kilosports and Osmo are two good brands.)

Also, keep in mind that capsule form is a complete waste of money - not only is it far more expensive and you have to take quite a few capsules to receive a decent effect, but the gelatin in the capsule actually competes with l-glutamine decreasing its effectiveness (only 1 company that I know of protects against this.)

There's been quite a debate whether glutamine supplementation is even useful - well, if you follow a low-carb diet (i.e. cyclical and targeted ketogenic approach), glutamine is a powerful asset for several reasons. Probably the most important aspect of glutamine supplementation is immunity enhancement - people don't get sick on this stuff but the second they run out, they do! I see it all the time.

For branched-chain amino acids (BCAA's), the formula with the best ratio is Beverly International Muscle Mass with 55% L-Leucine, 22% L-Valine and 22% L-Isoleucine.

You can purchase formulas that combine both glutamine and BCAA's such as PRD Glutacene, Xtreme Formulations ICE and MRM BCAA+G.

There are 4 different ways to take these supplements depending on the phase of training, your specific goals, and even your financial situation which I will discuss in more detail in a future edition:

First thing in the morning and before bed on an empty stomach with water,
Between meals,
Pre and post workout,
During your workouts.