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Weight gainer protein powders are perfect for hardgainers. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that you’re wasting your time by drinking any type of protein shake other than a weight gainer. You already know you have a difficult time gaining weight, so why not make it easier on yourself?

Weight gainers have come a long whey (get it?) in recent years. They used to be chocked full of sugars and were basically empty calories. Not anymore. Here are some of the benefits of the top 5 best weight gainers listed below.

Benefits of weight gainers

  • Packed with healthy calories
  • Packed with high-quality whey protein
  • Complex carbohydrates to replenish glycogen and fuel your workouts
  • Contain vitamins and essential minerals
  • Contain L-Glutamine to help rebuild muscle
  • Contain BCAAs (Brainch Chain Amino Acids)
  • Low in sugar
  • Low in fat

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optimum glutamineIf you have ever shopped at GNC or Bodybuilding.com, you may have come across a protein powder containing glutamine, or perhaps glutamine powder sold alone or as or capsules. But what is it, and what are the benefits of glutamine?

What is glutamine?

Glutamine is an amino acid. It is one of the twenty amino acids that make up our standard genetic code. It is not an essential amino acid. It is, however, the most abundant free amino acid in the human blood.

Functions

Being the most abundant free amino acid, glutamine is quite busy. It’s primary role is acting as a substrate (a substance acted on by an enzyme) for DNA replication, during which two identical DNA molecules are produced from a single double-stranded DNA molecule. That’s all good and well, but what does it mean to you, the hardgainer looking to recover from an exhausting workout.

Like any amino acid, glutamine is involved in protein synthesis. After your workout your muscles are damaged. They need to be rebuilt, and this is where you reap the benefits of glutamine. Glutamine helps minimize the breakdown of muscle tissue so that more muscle gain be continously built. This is essential, because if you attempt to work out, say, the next day, and your muscles aren’t fully recovered, you won’t be able to make the same gains.
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Being a hardgainer, it is of the utmost importance that you supply your body with plenty oUltimate Nutrition Muscle Juice 2544f calories in order to gain muscle mass. There is no easier way to do that then by drinking weight gainer protein shakes specifically formulated for hardgainers to help you gain weight.

Before you buy any weight gainer, it’s important that you look at a few key nutritional facts:

Biological Value (BV)

First of all, know that BV isn’t listed under “Nutrition Facts.” The BV is a measurement of how well your body can use the protein, specifically, how fast your body gets to use the protein. For instance, a whey protein like whey isolate has a BV of 159 and is the most readily absorbed by the body. A milk protein like casein has a BV of 77 and absorbs more slowly. After a workout, you want your body to absorb the most protein, which is why whey protein shakes are so popular. However, if you want to drink a protein shake before bed and wake up more metabolic, eating a lower BV rated protein like casein will help you do that because it will be absorbed slowly.

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