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How come glutamine helps in healing skin ulcers?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Protein: Glutamine is an Amino Acid and it is abiding block of protein. Any help in healing would be as a supplement to rebuilding tissue in someone with a poor nutritional staid. The physical factors in the causation of ulcer must be addresses to heal and prevent recurrence of ulcers.
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Glutamine is also used for fuel by several cell types involved in wound healing, including epithelial cells. Glutamine can also participate as a nitrogen donor in purine synthesis--important for rapidly dividing cells. Also, in acute illness the body can't manufacture it's own glutamine effectively, so it becomes conditionally essential.
Apr 25, 2012
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Glutamine is fuel: Som cells that are important in wound healing use glutamine for fuel--skin (epithelial cells) & immune system (lymphocytes, macrophages, fibroblasts, etc.). Many physicians & dietitians recommend glutamine supplementation for patients with wounds (skin ulcers, trauma, burns, etc).

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