ASN Nano Glutamine - We know the benefits of taking ASN HP-100 and NANO Creatine after training for recovery and muscle growth, but what if we could add to that combination to further enhance their effects? NANO Glutamine may be the answer. A Scientific study on Glutamine has found a 2 gram dose increased Growth Hormone levels by 430%. Growth Hormone is an important anabolic hormone, involved in protein synthesis, uptake of amino acids and utilisation of fat for energy. Adding NANO Glutamine to your post workout recovery could well be the most effective way to boost your muscle growth and recovery to the next level.
The Health Benefits
Glutamine's importance was first demonstrated in the 1930’s by Sir Hans Krebs - one of the pre-eminent biochemists of all time. Dr. Krebs - a master at metabolic cycles, is best known for his discovery of the citric acid cycle ( krebs cycle ) which creatine is involved in. But few are aware that he was the first to recognize glutamine's significance in nitrogen metabolism. Glutamine has now been recognized by doctors and professionals for providing significant contributions in preventing muscle breakdown, maintaining Glutathione (GSH) levels, improving protein synthesis, elevating growth hormone levels, plus many other health beneficial functions. Glutamine supplements have been a critical staple in athletes diets due to the fact that glutamine levels fall after intense training and do not rise to full strength until complete recovery has occurred. It has been a critical supplement for AIDS and cancer patients because it helps prevent muscle wasting.
Problems with Glutamine
One problem with L-Glutamine is that it is highly insoluble. Put it in water and watch how poorly it mixes up. It will mix up like a cloudy liquid. If it does not dissolve, absorption can become difficult. Clinical science and practical experience have also proven that it does not reach the blood in concentration levels needed to fully replenish healthy levels of glutamine. In addition, a little known fact, is that almost all of the research done on free form glutamine supplementation was done in hospitals on subjects receiving the glutamine intravenously. Just because you buy and take something called glutamine, does not mean you are going to benefit from all the metabolic functions that glutamine performs. To address this potential problem, products were developed that contain glutamine peptide in place of L-glutamine; the peptide form allows these supplements to be consumed without glutamine being metabolised in your digestive system. The disadvantage is, Glutamine Peptides are so bitter tasting, it makes it hard to swallow. It is almost impossible to mask the bitter taste. Putting it in capsule form is then a thought. But to get recommended therapeutic doses you would have to consume at least 20capsules at a time. Which is not practical.
ASN Advanced Sports Nutrition is a company which strives for one thing. Results! Following in the footsteps of NANO Creatine, ASN is proud to be the first company in the world to bring you another scientific breakthrough with the development of - NANO Glutamine. A Glutamine supplement with enhanced absorption for uptake directly into your body.
Use 1/3 less than normal Glutamine
A lot of companies suggest you take at least 10grams of Glutamine per serving. This is because a lot of Glutamine is utilised by your digestive system, so the theory is if we flood the digestive tract with Glutamine some will actually pass through into our body. If it could pass directly into our body without being ‘robbed’ by our digestive system you would not need to take as much. Therefore, because of the enhanced absorption of the NANO-Glutamine, only 3 grams per serving (approx)1 heaped teaspoon is needed providing better utilisation.
The Many Functions of Glutamine
Glutamine is a unique Amino Acid in that it contains two Nitrogen molecules - this feature gives Glutamine all of its unique health benefits and makes it the most versatile nutrient, other than water, in the human body.
Some of the many functions of Glutamine include;
- Amino Acid Pools
- Ammonia Scavenger
- GABA precursor
- Glutathione Biosynthesis
- Metabolic Fuel
- Nitrogen Transport
- Protein Synthesis
- Urea Synthesis (Liver)
- Reduces Blood Sugar
- Ammonia production (Kidneys)
- Carbon Transport
- Growth Hormone Enhancer
- Glucose/Glycogen Biosynthesis
- Muscle Cell Volume Enhancer
- Nucleic Acid Production
- Proper Digestive Operation
- Lactic Acidosis Neutraliser
- Liver & Kidney Health
The Essential Supplement
Having so many important functions in the human body, one would think Glutamine would be a part of everybody’s diet. It has long been used in hospitals for patients suffering from burns, wounds and bacterial infections. It’s importance to athletes has also been known by sports institutes for a while. So what is the problem? Is it lack of education or the cost? It is probably both, but more the cost. At ASN we aim to change all that. Compared to other foods or supplements, Glutamine is an expensive product. In the past to get maximum benefit out of Glutamine, you have to take it in large doses. With most people on a budget the cost becomes out of reach because you only have a small number of servings that last only a couple of weeks. However, with the new NANO Glutamine, Glutamine supplementation is now affordable. That’s because with NANO Glutamine you only use 3 grams per serve which gives you the same benefits as using over 10 grams of standard Glutamine. This equates to over 2 months supply of Glutamine instead of a few weeks.
Now everybody can afford the benefits that Glutamine provides. The Health Benefits of using NANO Glutamine outweighs the cost compared to any other supplement. With a little education, in future we may well see NANO Glutamine become a part of everybody’s diet, just like Multi-Vitamins & Minerals are a part of everybody’s health today.
- How important is it to take NANO Glutamine? Can I get away with just taking other supplements?
NANO Glutamine is a very important supplement to take and crucial to recovering at the optimum level, enabling anabolic growth. This relates back to the BCAA's ( Branch Chain Amino Acids), especially the research that has been done on L-leucine. It has been found to work at a genetic level in signalling an anabolic response within muscle. The problem is within muscle, BCAA's are converted to other amino acids, which one of the predominant amino acids they are converted to is glutamine. The reason for this is because Glutamine is one of the first amino acids along with L-alanine to be transported out of muscle to the liver to be converted into glucose and glycogen to try and help restore glycogen levels within the liver because it has sent its stores to the muscle to fuel it during exercise. Supplemental NANO Glutamine will therefore help buffer liver and muscle levels of Glutamine and help prevent BCAA's from being converted. This will enable you to recover quicker and help promote anabolic growth through preserved BCAA levels. Therefore NANO Glutamine is very important and foregoing it for other supplements may in fact restrict your results.
- Whats the advantage of taking NANO Glutamine over the micronised version?
NANO Glutamine being of tiny particle size is easily diffused straight into the blood stream upon digestion. This enables it to be transported quickly to the liver and muscles to buffer or restore glutamine to optimum levels. The problem with other non NANO forms of Glutamine is because of the larger particle size, most will be absorbed into the body through the digestive system's small intestine. The problem with this is that the villi and cells that line the intestine are also hungry for glutamine. This would mean there would be a delay in restoring glutamine stores within the liver and muscle, because the intestinal system has pinched it, which will also interupt with your recovery and growth process. One way of getting around this would be to flood your intestinal system with Glutamine to ensure that enough glutamine would enter the blood stream to restore levels within your liver and muscle. That's why the recommended dose for non NANO Glutamine is around 10g at a time. That would mean a 400g tub would only contain 40 servings. With NANO Glutamine you only need 3g a serve for the same effect to restore liver and muscle levels and you get a whopping 132 servings out of a 400g tub.
- Do I take NANO Glutamine before or after training?
Both! Lastest research found an 8g dose of non NANO glutamine directly after exercise promoted the same glycogen storage effect as consuming 61g of glucose! What this means is that enhancing glycogen accumulation within muscle not only means an athlete can workout harder and recover quicker, it also serves as a potent anabolic (growth) signal within muscle cells. Remember, preserving protein, especially the BCAA's within muscle is the key to anabolic growth. Any drop in glycogen levels within your muscle and liver will cause the BCAA's to be converted into Alanine and Glutamine which is then transported out of muscle to the liver to be converted into glucose and glycogen to send back to the muscle. This is the other reason why you take Glutamine before training. This will act as a buffer for the glutamine produced in muscle which would be normally be transported out of muscle to the liver. This will preserve muscle glutamine stores and therefore also preserve BCAA stores to enhance muscle function, recovery and anabolic growth.
- What is the difference between L- Glutamine and Nano Glutamine? Are they essentially the same thing except for the absorption rate into the body?
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