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Sympt•x Glutamine

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the human body; it plays an important role in protein synthesis, cellular energy, regulation of acid-base balance in kidney, and many physiological functions. The majority of glutamine in the body is stored in the muscle followed by lungs where much of glutamine is made. Glutamine is considered a non essential amino acid as well as a conditionally essential amino acid. This means the body can usually make sufficient amounts of it on its own, but in some instances of stress or inflammation such as infection, or surgery, the body’s demand for glutamine increases and must be obtained through diet or supplementation.

Clinical studies indicate glutamine supplementation may support:
• Reducing Potential Adverse Events of Chemo and/or Radiation Therapy
• Mucositis/Stomatitis
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Enteritis
• Diarrhea
• Enhance gastrointestinal healing
• Improve state of neurotoxicity

Clinical roles of glutamine for oncology patients include:
• Relieve side effects of radiotherapy/chemotherapy
• Neuropathy
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Mucositis
• Enteritis
• Prevent or repair damage to bowels
• Maintain immune function for bone marrow transplant patients

I have experienced very positive outcomes when using Medtrition’s glutamine supplement, GlutaMent, with our oncology population. Using the supplement to treat gut integrity, mouth sores, and, in particular, chemo-induced neuropathy, has not only provided continued positive results but has increased the quality of life for all our patients while undergoing cancer treatment as well as post treatment. I would highly recommend GlutaMent as an option when treating oncology patients.
Kelly O'Connor, RD, LDN, CDE Outpatient Oncology Dietitian Institute for Cancer Care Mercy Medical Center Baltimore MD