L-glutamine and Diarrhea

by in Diarrhea December 9, 2007

Let’s face it, no one likes to have diarrhea. No one likes to even talk about diarrhea. As a doctor how can I even help someone with diarrhea if they won’t even talk to me about it? I have spent weeks if not months combined talking about diarrhea, so please don’t hesitate to bring up this “embarrassing problem” to your doctor.

A simple remedy for diarrhea involves feeding the lining of the digestive track with it’s fuel of choice. The amino acid L-glutamine is the fuel of choice for the “enterocytes” the cells that line the digestive track. Before starting any therapy such as L-glutamine you should check with your health care practitioner. L-glutamine in clinical trials has been shown to be effective in diminishing diarrhea induced from chemotherapy.

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