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L-Glycine Powder and Benefits to Your Health

Updated on February 8, 2013

Found Throughout the Body: Glycine Effects Many Areas of Health and Well-Being

Glycine is defined as a non-essential amino acid; however, whether termed “essential” or not, glycine delivers a lot of important health benefits. Most notably, glycine has a calming effect on the brain and has been found to be an effective treatment for a variety of disorders ranging from an upset stomach to schizophrenia. Additionally, glycine can help remove toxic substances like lactic acid from the body, and it may also increase the use and availability of growth hormone. It has been proven to promote the release of growth hormone and to support cell volumizing. When glycine is included in a balanced formula of amino acids, it is helpful in slowing down the breakdown of muscle tissue. It is also helpful in healing damaged muscles or in simply rebuilding muscle tissue in athletes who participate in extreme workouts. Additionally, glycine seems to boost strength and muscle development.

Enhance Your Performance and Endurance with Glycine

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Benefits for Energy, Fitness, and Peace of Mind

Glycine has been shown to enhance endurance and energy levels. A proper amount of glycine helps regulate blood sugar levels and guard against the depletion of Adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP). This is important in maintaining optimum energy levels as well as healthy metabolism. While there are no signs noted for glycine deficiency, it is important to understand that proper levels of glycine in the body do seem to promote optimum performance and a sense of overall well-being.


Glycine has been shown to be useful in treating a wide variety of disorders. Among them are hypoglycemia, hyperactivity, bipolar disorder, insomnia, benign prostatic hypertrophy, muscular dystrophy, and stomach disorders. The reason glycine's uses within the body are so many and varied is that glycine is the most widely available amino acid within the human body and also the simplest. Glycine is utilized in a number of bodily processes; therefore, its presence or absence makes a difference.

Build Muscle, Heal Quickly, Recover Well With Glycine

When the body is growing, or repairing, it needs a lot of glycine. This is because glycine affects the level of growth hormones that are available to the body. When your body is under stress, or you are doing a lot of strenuous exercise, you need more glycine. (Although, it is important to note that too much will make you more tired.) Proper amounts of glycine will improve the storage of blood sugars, thereby regulating energy levels and increasing endurance.

Glycine helps to slow down muscle breakdown by supplying the cells with creatine. For this reason, it is useful in recovering from heavy workouts, healing after an injury or wound, and even treating muscular dystrophy.

Glycine Soothes Your Tummy and Your Mind!

Glycine can calm the mind. It is a necessary ingredient in the healthy functioning of the nervous system, and studies have shown that it is an effective treatment for insomnia, as well as some mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, hyperactivity, and even schizophrenia. It is also helpful in treating neurological disorders like epilepsy.

Glycine is made up of amino and hydroxyl ions. For this reason, it can be used as a buffer in products containing vinegar, and it can also be used as an antacid to calm upset stomachs. Additionally, it may bind with toxins and assist with their removal from the body. For this reason, it is sometimes used to treat acetaminophen poisoning.

Glycine Is Effective as a Treatment for Prostate Problems

Glycine can be helpful in reducing the size of a swollen prostate because there is (or should be) a great deal of glycine in the prostate. Having enough glycine in the system helps with the health of the prostate gland. When glycine is taken with glutamic acid and alanine, it has been proven to reduce swollen prostate tissue. This is also the best combination when cell volumizing is the goal. In fact, it generally seems best to supplement with glycine in combination with other supplements. For example, glycine taken with vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, niacinamide, B6, tyrosine, glutamine, arginine, and ornithine seems to be best when growth hormone release is desired. Often glycine is taken as a component of a complete amino acid supplement; however, when the goal is simply better performance in a workout or a good night's sleep, you may want to take two to six grams of glycine powder about half an hour before you commence your workout or before you retire for the night.

Present Throughout the Body, Glycine Assists in Many Ways

Clearly, because glycine is present in so many parts of the body, it is a necessary element in many functions. Even though, there are no specific signs and symptoms of glycine deficiency, it seems safe to say that some mood disorders, slow healing, problems with blood sugar levels, insomnia, enlarged prostate, and inconsistent energy level and low endurance levels may be due to a lack of glycine.

Glycine May Be Had Through Food, Supplements, or Both!

You can be sure of getting a good amount of glycine by eating high protein foods like dairy products, meat, and fish. It may be a good idea to supplement glycine. Because glycine powder is slightly sweet, it can easily be used as a mild sweetener in foods and drinks. Generally speaking, the addition of a gram of glycine daily is a helpful tonic and may be beneficial with problems like aching muscles, low energy and sluggish metabolism. In extreme cases, such as treatment of schizophrenia, as much as ninety grams a day may be prescribed. Of course, this sort of situation must be supervised by a doctor or psychiatrist.

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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    4 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! L-Glycine is not glycerin. It is an amino acid that can be purchased in a loose powder form that looks like sugar. It is slightly sweet and is often used as a sweetener commercially.

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    sweetie1 

    4 years ago from India

    We usually use glycerine for mouth ulcers and on face but didn't knew so many benefits.. very good hub.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! I really like L-Glycine! It is so easy and pleasant to use and has so many excellent benefits! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Thanks Suzanne. Adding this to my health board on Pinterest.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Visit the link in the article for PureBulk.com. They have several pages of scientific information posted about every product they offer. :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Interesting topic...that of glycine and how it relates to health. I would want to know even more about it prior to supplementing my diet, but at least you have opened the door to the topic. Thanks. Voted up and interesting.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    7 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! :)

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Ez! I'm highly unlikely to write an article about the chemical structure of anything, but here's a diagram:

    http://chemistry.about.com/od/imagesclipartstructu...

    and if you Google "glycine chemical structure" you'll come up with lots of good information! :)

  • Ez Kay profile image

    Ez Kay 

    7 years ago

    Thanks a lot for really lecturing on this interesting topic. Actually, i have heard about glycine and also know is an amino acid but will also want to you assist me in giving me the full structural representation in your next article.

  • lindaadams37 profile image

    lindaadams37 

    7 years ago

    Glycine is yet another topic I would like to have a good look at in some good books or internet but a nice brief-up here too.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    7 years ago from Texas

    Indeed it is! Thanks! I probably have my spell-checker to thank for that! :)

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    Jay 

    7 years ago

    Interesting article. ATP is adenosine "triphosphate", not "troposphere".

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks, Tatjana! I'm glad you liked it! :)

  • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image

    Tatjana-Mihaela 

    8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    Thumbs up, Suzanne, this is really great and very detailed info. I have learned a lot. Thank you.

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