Glutamine is a common workout supplement that has been shown to have benefits for people who are in recovery, whether that be recovery from a tough workout or a serious illness. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, so some athletes are under the impression that you can never take too much glutamine, but that isn’t true.
When your body is under duress, it uses glutamine to help aid healing. Glutamine is often taken by people who are going through chemotherapy to help the body restore itself. It is also taken by people with HIV who suffer from HIV wasting. In these extreme cases, proper doses of glutamine can be restorative and help the body rebuild.
However, taking too much glutamine can be dangerous. Glutamine affects the performance of the brain, so misuse of this supplement can cause mental and emotional problems. Glutamine has also been shown to cause stomach and sinus pain. It’s not currently clear whether any amount of glutamine supplement is safe for pregnant women or children. It might be dangerous and make symptoms worse for people who have liver disease, cirrhosis, MSG sensitivity, mental disorders, or people who are prone to seizures.
A Better Option – Curcumin
If you’re looking for an alternative to glutamine, taking curcumin post-workout might be a great option for you.
Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric. Numerous medical studies indicate that curcumin has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good choice for nourishing the body and potentially reducing pain after a strenuous workout. You can get a daily dose of curcumin in ZYN, which has the added benefit of helping you hydrate after a workout. The curcumin in ZYN is paired with piperine, a black pepper compound that substantially boosts your body’s ability to absorb and benefit from curcumin.
Best of all, unless you have an allergy to turmeric, curcumin has been shown to be perfectly safe. It has no major side-effects, and getting the right amount is as simple as drinking one bottle of ZYN.
As with any supplement, you probably don’t want to go overboard with curcumin – your body can only absorb so much of anything. That said, studies have shown that curcumin is safe for just about anyone to ingest. (Pregnant and nursing women should consult their doctors about any supplements that they take.)
In addition to helping reduce muscle fatigue, some studies have shown that curcumin could help prevent cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. So don’t forget to enjoy a glass of ZYN on your rest days, too!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.