L-glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in your body. It accounts for more than 60% of the free amino acids in skeletal muscle, meaning it is highly concentrated in muscle tissue. Following intense exercise, L-glutamine levels fall significantly (by up to 50%). L-glutamine supplementation is a must for any serious athlete participating in physical training.
L-glutamine has a number of benefits that contribute to muscle growth, performance and recovery:
The first of these is L-glutamine’s role in muscle health, minimising muscle breakdown and improving protein metabolism [1, 2]. L-glutamine’s anti-catabolic ability preventing muscle breakdown is especially beneficial for those who are dieting and looking to loose body fat whilst preserving muscle mass.
Secondly, L-glutamine is an effective compound for immune health . With the immune systems preferred fuel source being L-glutamine and levels dropping by up to 50% during intense exercise [4, 5], supplementation is a must to maintain optimal muscle performance.
Finally, L-glutamine is crucial in maintaining intestinal health [6, 7]. For any individual looking to gain muscle, lose weight or improve performance intestinal health should be paramount. You can be taking every supplement available and eat well but if your body isn’t absorbing this correctly through the intestines then your results are restricted.
Creatine Monohydrate is one of the most extensively studied supplements available and is widely recognised for enhancing strength , recovery , anaerobic capacity  and lean mass . With this vast amount of research creatine is an essential for athletes who want to maximise their high intensity exercise performance, muscle mass and physical recovery.
Creatine is a molecule that is naturally produced in the body and is also naturally found in food. Whilst not an amino itself, creatine is produced in the body from the amino acids glycine, arginine and methionine. Grenade Essentials Creatine is 99% pure with no added fillers or bulking agents, providing an easily absorbed form of creatine.
Creatine works by increasing the regeneration of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the body’s energy source, however these stores are limited and ATP has to be continually resynthesized, which can take a long time. Increasing the amount of creatine speeds up the regeneration of ATP, which leads directly to the release and availability of more energy.
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are an 8:1:1 ratio. BCAAs refers to three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine, these amino acids are classified as essential and cannot be synthesised in the body. Grenade® BCAAs have additional Leucine added to create a potent 8:1:1 ratio. Leucine, often referred to as the primary Branched Chain Amino Acid, has been shown to activate mTOR pathways, which proceed to induce muscle protein synthesis .
Why a ratio of 8:1:1?
Standard Branch Chain Amino Acid products opt for a 2:1:1 ratio of the BCAAs. Our BCAAs are a huge 8:1:1 ratio to incorporate a high-dosage of Leucine. Leucine is probably the single most important amino acid for bodybuilders and strength and power athletes. This BCAA, even at modest levels, can literally “turn on” muscle-building activity . No other single amino acid is known to do this to any significant extent on its own. Also, studies suggest that adding additional leucine to protein can increase the magnitude of protein synthesis (the process that builds muscle) .