Glycine is one of the smallest of all amino acids, a building block for protein. Glycine is not considered an essential amino acid because the body can manufacture it.
- • Glycine may be beneficial as a calming agent due to its effects on the central nervous system.
- • A deficiency of glycine has been shown to result in jerky movements.
- • Collagen is made up of chains of amino acids, with glycine, proline and hydroxyproline being the most abundant amino acids.
- • Glycine's role in the protein structures of skin may therefore be of value in improving wound healing.
- • Glycine promotes growth hormone release.
- • Glycine, along with arginine, ornithine and taurine, is required for the detoxification of the liver.
- • Glycine has been shown to help buffer excess stomach acid.
Glycine dosage range: 500-2000 mg per day.