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What does glycine do?

Glycine is a nonessential amino acid used by the body to build proteins. It is present in considerable amounts in prostate fluid.

Glycine may play a role in maintaining the health of the prostate, since a study of 45 men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) found that 780 mg of glycine per day for two weeks and then 390 mg for the next two and a half months, taken in combination with equal amounts of the amino acids, alanine and glutamic acid, reduced symptoms of the condition.1 This effect has been reported by others.2 Glycine also enhances the activity of chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) in the brain that are involved in memory and cognition.3

Where is glycine found?

Glycine is found in many foods high in protein, such as fish, meat, beans, and dairy


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Who is likely to be deficient of glycine?

Few people are glycine deficient, in part because the body makes its own supply of the nonessential amino acids.


How much glycine is usually taken?
Healthy people do not need to supplement with glycine. A physician should be consulted before supplemental glycine is used for the support of serious health conditions.

Are there any side effects or interactions with glycine?
No clear toxicity has emerged from glycine studies. However, people with kidney or liver disease should not consume high intakes of amino acids without consulting a healthcare professional.

Are there any drug interactions?

Certain medicines may interact with glycine. Refer to drug interactions for a list of those medicines.