Grandma's Glycine
A Nonessential Amino Acid Guide

Glycine retards muscle degeneration by supplying additional creatine, a compound that is present in muscle tissue and is utilized in the constitution of DNA and RNA.

This amino acid is essential for the synthesis of nucleic acids, bile acids, and other nonessential amino acids in the body. It is used as an ingredient in many gastric antacid agents. Because high concentrations of glycine are found in the skin and connective tissues, it is useful for repairing, damaged tissue and promoting healing.

The fact that this amino acid is termed "nonessential" does not mean that it is not necessary, only that they need not be obtained through the diet because the body can manufacture them as needed.

Glycine is necessary for central nervous system function and a healthy prostate. It functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter and as such can help prevent epileptic seizures. It has been used in the treatment of manic (bipolar) depression, and can also be effective for hyperactivity.

Having too much of this amino acid in the body can cause fatigue, but having the proper amount produces more energy. If necessary, glycine can be converted into the amino acid serine in the body.


The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

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