Tried & True: Creatine & Glutamine

In the quest to build lean, hard muscle and increase strength, stamina and endurance most people focus on the newest, hottest, latest sports nutrition supplements on the market. In the process, however, they forget about the supplement staples, the tried and true supplements that have been around for years and are proven to be effective.

There are always new products coming out, but above and beyond the hottest and latest supplement crazes, don't forget about the basics, like whey protein, flax seed oil, a good vitamin/mineral complex, vitamin C, vitamin E or creatine & glutamine.

Let's take a look at two tried and true supplements: creatine and glutamine.

Creatine is the most popular sports nutrition supplement of all time. This title is well deserved. When creatine was first introduced in 1995, it changed the sports nutrition industry forever. For the first time bodybuilders, strength athletes and fitness-minded people had access to a nutritional supplement that produced immediate and dramatic effects.

When you take creatine monohydrate it causes your muscle cells to retain more water. It is important to note that this water retention is inner cellular. It is not water between the muscle and the skin, like when you are bloated. This is water retention inside the actual muscle cell, so when you take creatine it stretches out the skin and makes you appear tighter and harder, not water logged.

In addition to making you look harder and leaner, the volumized muscle cell is also stronger and creates more ATP energy. Bottom line, the volumized muscle cells, attained from taking creatine, have more strength, endurance and energy!

The results are dramatic. Most people respond well and can gain 5-10 lbs of inner cellular muscle weight in the first week! Strength levels will dramatically increase as will muscle stamina and endurance when you take creatine.

The emergence of buffered creatine, like our Kre-Alkalyn Creatine, has changed the way creatine supplementation works. With these compounds you only need to take a small amount (1.5 grams per day is ideal, as opposed to the 10-20 grams per day that we used to have to take!) to see massive results. You don't have to "load" anymore and you don't have to take a certain amount based on your body weight because these compounds are shuttling the maximum amount of creatine that the muscle cell can possibly hold. You don't have to do anything to buffered creatine to make it better. It is already the best it can be!

Moving on to a supplement that is sometimes underrated, let's look at glutamine. Glutamine not only has muscle cell volumizing characteristics similar to creatine (it volumizes muscles cells causing them to be bigger, stronger and have more endurance), but it also is an anti-catabolic agent. Its anti-catabolic properties put you in a positive nitrogen balance, which allows you to utilize protein much better than you could without supplementing with glutamine.

The anti-catabolic properties of glutamine should not be underestimated. When you supplement with glutamine the results are dramatic! This is because you can eat more protein and, most importantly, utilize all that protein toward your muscle building and strength goals like never before! It truly is an amazing supplement.

Creatine and glutamine are totally safe. Not only are they safe, they are true health supplements. Even if you don't workout, glutamine has amazing health benefits due to its powerful immune system boosting properties. Creatine is actually the main energy source for your heart, so supplementing with creatine is heart healthy!

It is important to use nutritional supplement brands you can trust. At House Of Muscle, all the products we sell are GMP Certified for quality. Our Kre-Alkalyn Creatine, is a very effective, buffered version of creatine monohydrate. Recovery Orange, our very popular BCAAs and glutamine supplement, is also extremely effective.

Sometimes, with all the hype in the supplement industry, some of the most basic supplements are overlooked. Just because a product is the latest and greatest, doesn't mean it is effective. Supplements like creatine and glutamine have proven track records and are key components of a sound supplement regimen.