What is L-Glutamine?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: L-Glutamine enteric coated

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See also: Amino acids

The most abundant amino acid in the body, synthesized by most body tissues and absorbed from food sources. Glutamine supplements, available in capsules and powder formulations is said to improve brain function, stabilize blood sugar, improve muscle function, metabolism and wound healing.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Support digestive health 16 11
Support immune health 14 6
General health 9 6
Muscle pain 6 5
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 5 2
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with L-Glutamine

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking L-Glutamine

Dosage Patients
1 tsp. daily 1
1 tsp. twice daily 1
2.5 g three times daily 1
9 g daily 1
100 g daily 1
100 mg twice daily 1
500 mg daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1
4,000 mg daily 1
50,000 g daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking L-Glutamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Did not seem to work 3
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 18 patients who’ve stopped taking L-Glutamine

Duration

Currently taking L-Glutamine

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped taking L-Glutamine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 7
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 6
< $25 8
Not specified 7
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3 patient evaluations for L-Glutamine

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

See Rejoice's full L-Glutamine history

Mar 12, 2015 (Started Feb 27, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Diarrhea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Gastric Ulcer)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stomach (gastric) ulcer pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 g Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
HappyPhysicist
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HappyPhysicist
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Nov 1, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Rabid Rabbit
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Rabid Rabbit
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Mental Symptoms : moderate
Physical Symptoms : mild
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VL 20
I am: vg
I have:
HIV

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Jul 1, 2012 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Seemed to have a little more energy, but it could have been my expectations. CD4 count, which is why I started it, did not improve. The stuff collected on my teeth so bad the dental assistant accused me of not brushing my teeth.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 28, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I heard about this on this site. I take a "minimum" dose of a spoonful (500 mg) in the morning, stirred up in generic Boost Plus and a spoonful at night stirred into limeade or soy milk. I won't know if it is increasing my CD4 for a while yet but I recently learned a new job at work and while I kept my usual notes I seemed to grasp it more easily than my usual norm. It also lets me skip the Imodium, but I keep it around just in case I need it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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