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Using Glutamine to Manage Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Glutamine is the most plentiful protein building block (amino acid) in the body and is used for the processes that make energy. Most of the glutamine is found in your skeletal muscle. Glutamine fuels immune cells, connective tissue and the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.


Why Glutamine is Important

Our bodies can make glutamine. During times of stress glutamine becomes essential and we may need extra amounts. An additional 30 to 40 grams of glutamine per day may be needed.

In patients with cancer the use of glutamine may help with symptoms of

Glutamine had been used with good results in those patients receiving:


How To Use Glutamine

This information originally appeared in the Journey Guide Patient Handbook developed by the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals, and was adapted for use on NetWellness with permission, 2013.


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Last Reviewed: Feb 13, 2013

Dietician and Oncology Specialist
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University