Effect of glutamine supplementation combined with resistance training in young adults
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- Candow, D.G., Chilibeck, P.D., Burke, D.G. et al. Eur J Appl Physiol (2001) 86: 142. doi:10.1007/s00421-001-0523-y
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The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of oral glutamine supplementation combined with resistance training in young adults. A group of 31 subjects, aged 18–24 years, were randomly allocated to groups (double blind) to receive either glutamine (0.9 g·kg lean tissue mass–1·day–1; n=17) or a placebo (0.9 g maltodextrin·kg lean tissue mass–1·day–1; n=14) during 6 weeks of total body resistance training. Exercises were performed for four to five sets of 6–12 repetitions at intensities ranging from 60% to 90% 1 repetition maximum (1 RM). Before and after training, measurements were taken of 1 RM squat and bench press strength, peak knee extension torque (using an isokinetic dynamometer), lean tissue mass (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) and muscle protein degradation (urinary 3-methylhistidine by high performance liquid chromatography). Repeated measures ANOVA showed that strength, torque, lean tissue mass and 3-methylhistidine increased with training (P<0.05), with no significant difference between groups. Both groups increased their 1 RM squat by approximately 30% and 1 RM bench press by approximately 14%. The glutamine group showed increases of 6% for knee extension torque, 2% for lean tissue mass and 41% for urinary levels of 3-methylhistidine. The placebo group increased knee extension torque by 5%, lean tissue mass by 1.7% and 3-methylhistidine by 56%. We conclude that glutamine supplementation during resistance training has no significant effect on muscle performance, body composition or muscle protein degradation in young healthy adults.