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is glutamine a basic amino acid?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Glutamine amino acid: Glutamine is an Amino Acid (basic building block of proteins). People take it for various reasons as a dietary supplement. It purportedly helps maintain muscle mass in athletes or patients following surgery or major illness. Patients on chemo may take it to prevent or lessen side-effects. Caution should be taken for those with kidney or liver failure, mental illness or epilepsy or allergy to msg.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What are beneficial actions of glutamine?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Glutamine benefits: Glutamine is an Amino Acid available as a dietary supplement. When taken at high doses (10 grams 3-4 times a day before start, throughout and after chemotherapy), some small non-randomized studies show that it may help prevent or reduce severity of chemotherapy side-effects like mouth sores (swish & swallow), neuropathy, muscle & joint aches & diarrhea. Caution in those with kidney/liver failure.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does glutamine supplementation enhance athletic ability?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Controversial: Glutamine is important in muscle metabolism and can get depleted during intense exercise or athletic activity. Supplementation with glutamine was shown in small physiologic studies to enhance exercise tolerance/stamina. Whether this translates to enhanced athletic ability could be a different story. One factor that plays into the athlete's performance is ability to withstand rigors of training.
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A 42-year-old male asked:

Is taking fermented glutamine good for you? And what are the benefits?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Fermented glutamine: L-glutamine can be commercially derived from fermentation of beets with probiotic cultures. Glutamine is an Amino Acid found in many protein rich foods (milk, cheese, meat, eggs). The internet claims it helps with recovery, alleviates physical/mental stress, joint pain, mental fitness, ; body's rate of tissue repair. Take these claims with a grain of salt, as with all non-fda regulated products.

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