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Glutamine Supplementation: Heal the Gut, Help the Patient

Savy, Gayle Katzen RD, CNSD

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Abstract

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body. It is also one of the most widely researched amino acids, with multiple clinical trials on various aspects of medical nutritional care including gastrointestinal disease, oncology, burn-trauma, HIV/AIDS, and chronic wound management. Glutamine often is used as a singular nutrient supplement in both hospital and home settings. The goal of this article is to review patient applications and supportive literature, and to provide the reader with guidelines for daily use of glutamine as an oral or enteral supplement.

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