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Glycine Known as the building block for protein, Glycine is a non-essential amino acid that the body requires. It plays the role of a stimulator as well as depressant both.

Benefits of taking Glycine

  • Glycine is used to treat mental disorders like schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder after mixing with a medicine
  • It is used to protect the kidneys from any side effects caused due to medicines
  • Glycine, when applied directly on the skin in cream form, is used as a remedy for treating leg ulcers and other wounds
  • Taking the Glycine supplement can treat strokes. If taken within 6 hours of ischemic stroke, and by placing under the tongue, it can prevent brain damage
  • Some studies show that Glycine can also be used to increase memory retention
  • It is used as a remedy to protect the liver against the side effects of alcohol consumption
  • It also plays depressant roles and improves quality of sleep and reduces depression
  • As Glycine plays a role in the supply of blood to some tumors, some research has shown its use in preventing certain types of cancer. However, there is insufficient evidence to prove its complete effectiveness.

Natural sources of Glycine
The main natural sources of Glycine are protein rich foods, particularly, dairy products, meat, fish and legumes.

When should you take Glycine?
Glycine is used as a remedy for a variety of problems like schizophrenia, strokes, leg wounds and ulcers, type II diabetes, etc.

When should you avoid Glycine?

  • Patients taking antipsychotic drugs should not take Glycine as it slows down the effect that the antipsychotic drugs should create.
  • If you are suffering from bleeding disorders, liver problems, kidney problems or heart failure consult your doctor before taking Glycine supplements.
  • It should be avoided during pregnancy and should only be taken if absolutely necessary.

Quantity to be taken
The doses for Glycine vary from about 1-3g to 45g without causing any side effects. Consult your physician to know what dosage you should take. Excessive usage can cause nausea, drowsiness, vomiting, stomach and joint pains.

Expert tips/ Precautions

  • If any serious side effects like infections, confusion, numbness, chest pains, redness, swelling, vision changes, bleeding, bruising, dizziness or rashes occur, immediately consult your doctor.
  • Taking Glycine during breastfeeding is not advisable as its effects on the breast milk are unproven
  • Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages when taking Glycine
  • Further, Glycine might cause dizziness, so do not indulge in activities like driving or using any machinery until you are absolutely sure.