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Glycine is a conditionally essential amino acid that serves as an inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitter. It is the chemically simplest and most ubiquitous of all the amino acids and combines with many toxic substances, converting them to harmless forms which are then excreted.
This amino acid has a calming effect on the brain and is also involved in growth. Research suggests that glycine may help promote deeper sleep, faster, without the "morning hangover" effect associated with prescription or over the counter sleep medication. Glycine also has a positive impact on attention and memory in adults.Glycine May Relieve Insomnia, Gastric Ulcers
A Japanese agricultural products firm, Ajinomoto Co., recently announced that it may develop an insomnia treatment based on the amino acid glycine. According to a report published by Asia Pulse news service, Ajinomoto researchers conducted studies on men and women with sleep difficulties that appear to show that glycine supplementation promotes deep sleep.
Subjects who took three grams of glycine within an hour of bedtime reportedly fell asleep—and exhibited brainwave patterns associated with deep, non-REM sleep—sooner than control subjects who did not supplement. Subjects reported feeling refreshed on waking, with no indication that glycine produced "morning hangover," a foggy feeling often associated with the use of prescription sleep aids.
Glycine is known to accumulate in the pineal gland of rodents during sleep, and is believed to play an important role in "disconnecting" the brain from the body during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep cycles. REM is a recurring sleep state characterized by rapid eye movements and vivid dreaming.
Glycine has received attention recently as a potential treatment for other maladies. Japanese researchers, for instance, investigated its potential as an anti-bacterial agent for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant H. pylori bacteria, which often infect the stomach lining.
H. pylori infection is be-lieved to be an underlying cause of many gastric ulcers. In laboratory experiments, the scientists demonstrated that glycine acted alone to reduce H. pylori infection. When combined with amoxicillin, a common generic antibiotic, glycine reduced by a factor of 10 the amount of amoxicillin needed to kill the troublesome bacteria.
Most people need to take between one to three grams of glycine to be effective. However, most glycine products are only available in 500 milligram capsules, which make taking higher doses cumbersome and costly. However, Life Extension's glycine comes in either 1000 mg easy-to-swallow capsules or in powder form.Supplement FactsServing Size:
1/2 level teaspoonServings Per Container:
214Amount Per Serving
gelatin, magnesium stearate.Dosage and Use
1/2 level teaspoon per day is suggested.
This product is best utilized when taken on an empty stomach with water or juice.Caution:
If you have kidney or liver disease, have suffered from a stroke, or are taking the antipsychotic drug clozapine, consult a healthcare practitioner before using this product.
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