Glutamine is an amino acid that your body uses for growth, your immune system and brain function. Glutamine supplements may have benefits during times of physical stress when glutamine levels can become low. If you are an endurance athlete or suffering from a physical illness, talk to your doctor to learn more about how glutamine may help your condition.
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in the human body. Glutamine is important for basic cellular functions and cell growth. While your body can usually make enough glutamine on its own, glutamine levels can become depleted during times of physical stress. For this reason, endurance athletes may benefit from glutamine supplementation. Individuals with physical stress from surgery or illness may also benefit from glutamine use.
The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that glutamine has a number of prescription and nonprescription uses. Trauma patients are often given intravenous glutamine to help with wound healing. Glutamine can also strengthen the immune system and prevent infections in hospital patients. The intestinal mucosa is lined in part with glutamine, supporting a potential role for glutamine in treating inflammatory bowel disease. Glutamine may also help to increase muscle mass and strength and boost immune function in cancer and AIDS patients.
The recommended dose of glutamine depends specifically on the preparation of glutamine and the condition for which it is being used to treat. Consult your physician as to how much glutamine you should take for your specific condition. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, adults can safely take 500 milligrams of glutamine up to three times daily. Health professionals may prescribe higher doses of up to 30 milligrams per day. Glutamine can also be used as an oral rinse for radiation therapy-induced mucositis and chemotherapy-induced stomatitis by dissolving 16 grams of into 8 ounces of water to be swished orally and spit out.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about how to best use glutamine for your condition. If you are in good health, you likely do not need to take glutamine supplements. Endurance athletes may benefit from glutamine use, but should only do so at levels recommended by a health professional.
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