Glycine - The Versatile Amino Acid | Ann Shippy MD

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Glycine – The Versatile Amino Acid

Need to relax a little? Are you too anxious during the day or can’t sleep at night? We all experience stress at some point during our busy lives, but if we are unable to manage this stress it can lead to much greater issues down the road including chronic diseases or cancer. To reduce symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and stress, I like to recommend the amino acid, glycine

Amino acids are the building blocks of all the proteins in the body and are responsible for the formation of cells, muscle, and tissues. Glycine, the smallest of the amino acids, is naturally produced in your body and present in small amounts in food. Sometimes this isn’t enough glycine for your body. Supplementing with glycine may significantly impact your overall well-being and help you feel balanced and calm. This tiny amino acid has been shown to have huge benefits for improving mood and emotional health as well as promoting muscle health and supporting liver detoxification.

The mechanism through which glycine relieves stress is its action as a neurotransmitter in the brain and spinal cord where it plays a critical role in neurotransmission. Interestingly, studies have shown that elevating glycine concentrations in the brain can be an effective approach for treatment of schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and addiction. More recently, research has indicated that increasing levels of glycine may also provide neuroprotection, assist in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, and alleviate symptoms associated with pain, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.

Not only does glycine supplementation support mental function, it has also been shown to promote muscle development. By acting as a precursor to proteins such as collagen and creatine, glycine can support muscle, tendon, and ligament growth—this is important for everyone, but especially those who do high-intensity workouts and heavy weight-lifting. With the wide array of benefits from relief of anxiety and stress to muscle gains, glycine is one of the most effective, inexpensive, and safest supplements available.

Top Glycine Benefits:

1. Calming & Relaxing Effects

2. Assists in Detox

3. Brain Support

4. Muscle Support