Dec 30, 2009 - 12:12 am
HI to all,
I though I would post this as we get so many questions about what to do for 'Sore Mouth' and 'Mouth Burning' and 'Mouth Ulcers' etc all related to our treatments with Radiation and Chemotherapy.
Very early in my treatment (70 hits of IMRT and Erbitux) I was put on Glutamine Powder (an essential Amino Acid) to help restore my mucosa. Please note, your mucosa is all the inside tissue cells (epithelial) from your mouth to your butt, all intestines included. Mostly we need to treat the top end ie your mouth.
I have pasted in one of a zillion website pages below about the 'Benefits of Glutamine'.
I mixed 1 teaspoon in a glass of water and sipped it and rinsed and swallowed it through the day and used for when I suffered burning from certain foods and when I started to get mouth ulcers. I was recommended to take 2 teaspoons a day. It's tasteless and mixes with any liquid so it's very easy to take.
I can't claim this will help everyone, but I believe I benefited greatly. Please note the last paragraph below -this also pertains to the tissue inside your mouth and throat (epithelial tissue). It also will assist to prevent muscle loss for those of us you who may be prone to lose a lot of weight to the point where you start to lose muscle once the fat is gone.
Do your own further research via the web as you will find 100's of sites to get yourselves informed if you so choose.
It should be readily available from Health food / Vitamin stores.
Hoping this helps someone.
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What Is Glutamine Used For ?
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the human body and is involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid. It is extensively used as a fuel by various organ systems. Research has shown glutamine to be integral in the proper function bodily functions.
Glutamine has been used in treatment or management of numerous conditions and diseases, including burns, colorectal cancer, Crohn's disease, HIV/AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity, peritonitis, radiation damage, sepsis, ulcerative colitis, and wound healing. It is also used for muscle growth in weightlifting, bodybuilding, endurance and other sports. Glutamine is also used as an adjunct therapy for decreasing carbohydrate, alcohol and/or cocaine intake. It is used to assist people in the management of sugar craving in diabetes. Glutamine has also been used to enhance brain function as it fuels two of the brain's most important neurotransmitters. It has been used to aid memory, increase IQ in those with mental retardation, and to support people with schizophrenia and senility. It has also been used in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety and depression. Glutamine is also used as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of autoimmune diseases and preserves glutathione, important for detoxification and immune support, levels in the liver.
However, the small intestine is by far the greatest user of glutamine in the body. It has been seen that lack of l-glutamine leads to a loss of epithelial cell integrity in the lining of the intestines. This, in turn, may allow toxins and infectious agents to enter the body.