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.
Gayle Katzen Savy is a registered dietitian and certified nutrition support dietitian. She has 20 years of clinical nutrition experience. Her involvement with science-based nutraceuticals allows her to provide useful products and education to healthcare professionals and patients. Previously with Cambridge Nutraceuticals in Boston, Mass, she is currently with Optigene-X in Shrewsbury, NJ.
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