Benefits of L-Glutamine
L-glutamine is an amino acid. It is important for building proteins and other amino acids. For most people, the body can make more than enough of its own L-glutamine, although L-glutamine is also found in protein-rich foods. In addition to its use as a building block for making proteins, L-glutamine also has several other functions in the body. It serves as a fuel for various different types of cells in the body, including several types of immune cells.
In times of severe physical stress, L-glutamine is very important for maintaining sufficient immune function and intestinal function and is essential for wound healing. In such situations, the body may not be able to produce enough L-glutamine to meet the body's needs. In such situations, L-glutamine supplementation (usually given by IV) can be beneficial.
Check with your child's healthcare provider before giving your child dietary supplements (including L-glutamine) for any purpose. Keep in mind that children may be more sensitive to the effects and toxicities of medications or supplements.