BPI Sports has long been an innovative company with a range of supplements that have pushed the boundaries in terms of ingredients. 2012/2013 has been a big year for BPI Sports with a range of new formulations and even a rebranding with a change in their logo as well as a release of a ‘Clinical Power Series’. One of the products from this series is the Gluta Alkaline. Let’s examine what Gluta Alkaline is and when and where you should use it.
BPI Sports Gluta Alkaline Highlights
- Trans Alanyl-L-Glutamine
- pH-Sorb™ Buffering Technology with buffering compounds such as Magnesium citrate, Calcium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Stearic Acid, Malic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Carboxymethylcellulose sodium, Crospovidone as well as generic fatty acids and natural wax.
BPI Sports Gluta Alkaline Ingredients & Dosage
Gluta Alkaline, as with the other supplements in their new Clinical Power Series is a specific core ingredient mixed in with a specific complex of buffering agents. Gluta Alkaline contains:
- Glutamine – L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and in many of the foods that we eat.
- Trans Alanyl-L-Glutamine – Most likely a different conformation or name of the dipeptide Alanyl-L-Glutamine.
- pH-Sorb™ Buffering Technology – This complex contains a variety of chemical compounds including Magnesium citrate, Calcium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Stearic Acid, Malic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Carboxymethylcellulose sodium, Crospovidone as well as generic fatty acids and natural wax.
The rest of the ingredients in BPI Sports Gluta Alkaline are some flavours, colours and sweeteners including sucralose and acesulfame K.
BPI Sports Gluta Alkaline Pros & Effectiveness
Glutamine is easily lost during bouts of intense or longer duration exercise. Depleted glutamine levels tend to put strain on the body’s immune system and makes you more susceptible to sickness and infections – which could potentially hamper further training efforts. This is why glutamine is so often an important amino acid especially for those who train often or at higher intensities. Furthermore, supplementation of the dipeptide Alanyl-L-Glutamine has been shown to improve exercise performance through its ability to reduce fatigue and prevent dehydration.
BPI Sports Gluta Alkaline Cons
One serving of Gluta Alkaline only contains 1500mg of Glutamine, Trans Alanyl-L-Glutamine and the various compounds in the pH-Sorb™ Buffering Technology. This does not seem like it would be enough to really cause a dramatic effect. Perhaps in conjunction with an added protein supplement, Gluta Alkaline can be effective. There is also very little evidence to support that changes in pH will negatively affect absorption of certain substances. Alkaline versions of the ingredient creatine were found to be no more effective than regular creatine monohydrate for improving creatine absorption and retention.
BPI Sports Gluta Alkaline Taste & Mixability
BPI Sports Gluta Alkaline is flavourless and is mixed extremely well in solution with no clumping or gritty residue.
BPI Sports Gluta Alkaline Verdict
There’s no doubt that BPI Sports are a innovative company and there’s also no doubt that Glutamine and Trans Alanyl-L-Glutamine is an important supplement, especially for those who train at higher intensities and longer durations. However, this supplement would definitely work best in conjunction with a protein supplement for best effects.