Glutamine which is also known by some other names such as L-Glutamique HCl, L- Alanyl-L-Glutamine is an amino acid, a building block for proteins, found naturally in the body. It is used to overcome some of the side effects of medical treatments.
For example, it is used to cure side effects of cancer chemotherapy including diarrhea, pain and swelling inside the mouth, pain in the nerves, muscle and joint pains caused by the cancer drug Taxol. L- Alanyl-L-Glutamine is also used to shield the immune system and digestive system in people who have to go though radio chemotherapy for cancer of the esophagus. Additionally, it is also used to improve recovery after bone marrow transplant or bowel surgery; it helps increase well-being in people who have suffered traumatic injuries, and prevents infections in seriously ill people.
Some people use glutamine for digestive system problems such as stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis etc. It is also used to cure depression, irritability, moodiness, anxiety, insomnia, and enhancing exercise performance. People who are HIV positive sometimes use glutamine to prevent weight loss. Glutamine is also used for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a urinary condition called cystinuria, sickle cellanemia, and for alcohol withdrawal support.