Formal Name: Aminoacetic Acid
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: Glycine is a non-essential amino acid that is produced internally within the body.

Additional Information

Glycine is a non-essential amino acid largely found in muscles, skin and connective tissue. it’s known for having a relatively simple chemical structure compared to all the other amino acids. Aside from its biological use, it is produced in technical grade to be used as an additive in animal food, cosmetics, antacids, analgesic, chemical feedstock and as an agent in metal production.

Bodily Functions Glycine Assists

Glycine is present in multiple physiological functions. Within the brain, it helps increase the presence of inhibitory neurotransmitters gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) and taurine. It is present in the synthesis of hemoglobin and in the regulation of blood sugar levels by stimulating the secretion of the glucagon hormone from the pancreas. This hormone promotes the creation of glucose molecules by the liver and the conversion of glycogen, the stored form of glucose, into usable energy. Additionally, glycine is present in the synthesis of various other biochemicals such as bile acids, proteins, ATP, creatine, other amino acids, peptides and nucleic peptides.

Symptoms Of Deficiency:
  • Glycine deficiency is extremely rare due to the body’s ability to produce a sufficient amount.
Foods High In Glycine

Glycine, like most other non-essential amino acids, do not need to be supplemented from dietary intake. However, foods high in glycine are fish, meat, dairy products and beans.

Ailments That Glycine Helps Against:
  • Contributes to the treatment of benign prostate enlargement
  • May help in the healing of leg ulcers
  • Helpful against the genetic condition isovaleric acidemia
  • Might be beneficial in schizophrenia and memory loss treatment
Side Effects And Toxicity

No known toxicity danger however, those who suffer from kidney or liver disease should consult their doctor before supplementing with this amino acid.

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