WHEY OVER THE TOP
20gm of whey protein supplemented with 6.2g of leucine daily for 8 weeks showed a 14.5% increase in strength
Whey +Glutamic Acid+Glutamine
As you know glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in skeletal tissue and is considered to be the granddaddy of them all. However, in the background, although not highly publicized, one amino that organizes and orchestrates all of the chemical processes that give glutamine the power and potential to do all those anabolic things it does is glutamic acid, also referred to as glutamate. Essentially, L-glutamine is synthesized or made from glutamic acid. Ironically, when glutamine is formed, glutamine is able to convert itself back to glutamic acid, hence there tag as being inter-convertible, meaning that they can each make the other, despite having similar but different molecular structures. Overall, like glutamine, glutamic acid serves as a building block for protein and is a critical excitatory neurotransmitter that insures proper central nervous system function. However, in contrasting cycles, glutamine can be directly received from natural sources of the human diet, whereas glutamic acids are not found in many food items, except for whey protein. Ironically, glutamine isn’t an amino acid found in whey protein.
It’s Already in There and Makes Glutamine
While studies have also confirmed that the combo of whey and glutamine has some powerful capabilities, whey naturally contains the amino acid glutamic acid, which is the amino acid that makes glutamine. This inborn partner of whey protein provides your body with approximately 0.34 g of glutamic acid per 1-oz. serving and packs a mean punch. For example, one of the most important roles of glutamic acid is donating itself to insure that new muscle protein construction occurs in your tissues. Following digestion, your body absorbs glutamic acid and transports it to your cells, and then your cells start making and planting amino acids into newly formed protein. Bio-chemically, glutamic acid carries what researchers refer to as a negative electrostatic charge. It is this chemical process or charge that determines the shape and sustains the function of newly formed proteins. Moreover, when not immediately available the body uses glutamic acid to make other amino acids that are necessary for proper protein synthesis, a prime example of chemical exercising firing on all cylinders.
Whey+ Leucine Revisited
As stated, leucine directly activates the critical signaling pathway in muscle that manufactures protein. While leucine naturally occurs in whey, a little extra dab will do you good, real good. For instance, scientist reported in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition Exercise and Metabolism that 20g of whey protein supplemented with 6.2g of leucine daily for 8 weeks showed a 14.5% increase in strength, while subjects who were administered just carbohydrates showed no improvements. Furthermore, Jeff Volek, the well known sports nutrition expert reported that scientists from Columbia University found that supplemental leucine combined with whey decreased fat by 25%. This combo appears to increase the resting metabolic rate
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