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Lauren Jacobsen BSc. (Biochemistry)
Lauren received a degree in biochemistry from Trent University in Ontario, Canada where she studied creatine and its effects on sport performance. After graduating, Lauren decided to use her biochemistry background to develop performance-enhancing supplements for many of the top supplement companies in the industry. Lauren also practices what she preaches and has competed in bodybuilding and figure competitions throughout the world. In fact, Lauren placed 1st at the Canadian Natural Nationals, qualifying to compete at the IFBB Women’s World Championships in Spain as part of Team Canada! Lauren’s also a regular contributor to Inside Fitness. She’s also the co host of the hit TV show “Body Fuel” where she presents viewers with the proper use of sports supplements for enhancing athletic performance. Lauren will arm you with the latest research on novel ingredients, delivery systems and of course new product releases. If there’s something that works or is a downright scam, Lauren will be the first to report on it!
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Taking Glutamine And Creatine

Q. What’s the best way to take glutamine and creatine? Can
these products be stacked?

A. Glutamine and creatine are perhaps the most widely used supplements when it comes to bodybuilding. Glutamine, a non-essential amino acid, is used toreduce the amount of glutamine that is robbed from the muscle cells during training, resulting in muscle preservation and increases in protein metabolism. Creatine works by providing muscle cells with the energy they need to perform more work through the generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – our muscles’ energy source – which means more sets and reps! The result of supplementing with creatine is gains in muscle size and strength. Both creatine and glutamine have a useful place in the bodybuilding stack. Because creatine is essentially used to keep ATP levels elevated, it’s often stacked at the beginning of the day or prior to a workout. Most people respond best to creatine supplementation at a dose of 3 to 5 grams per day. And although creatine can be consumed pre- or post-workout, if you’re going to stack with glutamine, it’s best to use these two products at separate times. This is because they could compete for uptake by the cells of the muscle, resulting in less uptake of each of these valuable nutrients. Research has shown that after intense workouts, the body’s glutamine levels are reduced. Glutamine should be supplemented at a dose of 2 to 5 grams per day to stimulate increases in growth hormone levels and reduce muscle catabolism.

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