Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid
(protein building block) in the body and is involved in more metabolic processes than any
other amino acid. Glutamine is converted to glucose when more glucose is required by the body
as an energy source. It serves as a source of fuel for cells lining the intestines. Without
it, these cells waste away. It is also used by white blood cells and is important for immune function.
Glutamine has been used in
connection with the following conditions (refer to the individual
health concern for complete information):
Who is likely to be deficient?
Few healthy people are glutamine deficient, in part because the body makes its own. During
fasting, starvation, cirrhosis, critical
illnesses in general, and weight loss associated with AIDS and
cancer, however, deficiencies often develop.
How much is usually taken?
Healthy people do not need to supplement with glutamine. A physician should be consulted
for the supplemental use of glutamine for the support of serious health conditions.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
No significant side effects have been reported in glutamine studies.
Are there any drug
Certain medicines may interact with glutamine. Refer to drug interactions for a list of those medicines.