Benefits and functions of glycine, nonessential amino acid
CHARACTERISTICS OF GLYCINE
What is glycine?
Glycine is a nonessential amino acid small size that requires the presence of two minerals for proper absorption and subsequent operation, which are chlorine and sodium.
The body synthesizes glycine from another amino acid, serine. Its abbreviated form is Gly.
Glycine is the smallest amino acid known, consisting of only two carbon atoms. It is the most abundant component of collagen structure, formed by 30% of glycine, 20% of proline and hydroxyproline, and 10% of lysine and hydroxylysine.
Properties of glycine
Whole cereals, such as oats, contain glycine
Involved in the production of growth hormone, thereby preventing dwarfism or other problems and growth abnormalities.
It benefits maintaining immunity, which helps prevent infectious diseases.
Glycine promotes good brain function as it has a relaxing effect, making it useful in cases of depression, anxiety, nervousness or stress. It helps preserve the central nervous system, preventing behavioral disorders and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.
Contraindications of glycine
As in most of the amino acids, it should not be consumed in high amounts if liver or kidney disorders
If there is overdosing over a period longer than a week time, it can be fatal because an excessive excitement.
Foods containing glycine
Animal foods are those that contain more glycine, for example, meat (pork, duck, chicken, etc.)
Within plant foods, we include, for example, whole grains
* More information: Foods rich in glycine
Although you can take supplements of glycine, it is recommended to meet the needs of this amino acid through a balanced diet. If supplementation is necessary, consult with the specialist before taking it.
* Related information:
List of amino acids in food
Essential amino acids
Nonessential amino acids
More information on amino acids.