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What is Glutamine?

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Glutamine is a kind of amino acid,the smallest unit in the composition of protein, that we eat every day. The amino acid can be categorized as essential and nonessential amino acids. There are 11 nonessential amino acids and glutamine is one of them. The dietary sources of glutamine include especially the protein-rich foods like beef, chicken, fish, dairy products, eggs, vegetables like beans, beets, cabbage, spinach, carrots, parsley, vegetable juices, wheat, etc.

What nutrients are required when we have a serious disease? Glutamine supplementation is common among cancer patients. In the next few steps, Prof. Yeh, Sung-Ling will introduce more details on how glutamine function and how it affects the body. Also, Prof. Yeh will explain how much glutamine we consume each day and some clinical applications.

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