It’s hard to categorize these sometimes, because they often have more than one role. L-Glutamine supplement helps to boost your WBC and overall energy, so it’s a great prep for chemo, but it also helps reduce the recovery time, because you have more energy to go sweat those toxins out afterward, so L-Glutamine for chemotherapy recovery is excellent and then I’d say “but wait, there’s more~”
On the third hand it helps to heal the digestive system which is definitely out of whack no matter what chemo drug you’re on. I found this to be the hardest side effect (other than chemo brain)to bounce back from.
I found out about it when I was researching ways to heal my gut/digestive tract which has been hit pretty hard. Not only is it difficult to digest foods properly (omg please believe me when I tell you that 8 tall glasses of water every day is the bare minimum you should be drinking), but my belly just swells up like pooh bear at the drop of a hat.
I have been slow to focus on this problem and resolution which I admittedly regret, so if there’s one thing you get from reading this it would be to FOCUS on this fecking issue and keep on top of it. Bouncing back from chemo is intricate business even for the most active peeps.
Ok, let’s get to it. What is Glutamine?
It’s an amino acid (building block for proteins) that your body naturally produces. Your muscles make it and your blood delivers it to wherever in the body needs it. It helps boost immune system and regulate digestive. It’s all around a very good thing, but if your body is stressed then the muscles can’t make enough to keep up with the increased demand. That was my first clue that even when I worked out I didn’t seem to keep muscle tone. How frustrating is that? That’s also one of the first things I noticed after being on it for 2-3 weeks was that the muscles in my legs were gaining definition again.
What is L-Glutamine?
L=levo=left=mirror. It’s a clever way to say this is a mirror image of the stuff your body naturally produces. Pump it in it and it will do what Glutamine does only on a larger scale to counteract whatever’s sucking up your natural supply.
When I read all it’s used for I could hear the Carnival barker’s voice in the back of my mind “Step right up folks and get yourself a bottle of this magic LG Elixir…cures whatever ails ya…you got aches n pains, mouth sores, leaky gut, anxiety, depression, ulcers, colitis, ADHD or withdrawals from that miiiighty demon alcohol. You name it, it cures it!”
I haven’t noticed any improvement in my brain function, but my mood is definitely better, my muscle tone is definitely coming back and I have energy to stay on the elliptical for more than 20 minutes without feeling like my battery had just drained its last cell. Foods that upset my stomach during the previous cycles (burning sensation) don’t seem to anymore, but I’ve only finished the first of 6, so I’ll post an update here after a few more have passed.
Any other questions?
Where do I buy it?
Any health food store should carry it and you can get it in pill and/or powder. I did powder before. This time I got both. I take a pill every morning (1,000 gms) and during chemo week a tablespoon in a morning protein shake for added measure. The shake also helps to coat my stomach which might also be contributing to why I don’t have that burning sensation this time around.
I don’t get paid to promote any products here, but I won’t hesitate to post a specific brand if I’ve found it works really well for me. Doesn’t mean there aren’t others out there that aren’t equally good or better. Just that I am definitely satisfied with this one.
I have Amazon Prime, so the shipping is free. Jarrow brand got great customer reviews and they lived up to ’em in my books. I also tried their Rodiola to replace Welbutrin (Buprion) for happy pills, but that’s a whole other subject.
If you are going through chemo. If you have gone through it and are having trouble bouncing back (of course you are). Try this. As always, check with your Oncologist first, but if they say yes then go for it and let me know what you think of it.
Wishing you all the best,