If a single supplement could help you lose weight, improve your sleep, and keep you in tip-top health, wouldn’t you try it?
Well, that supplement does exist and it’s called glycine.
Glycine is an amino acid, known for making protein in your body. And even though you produce it naturally, humans are generally deficient. Here’s why you need to re-up on this elixir of life.
Lowers blood sugar
Glycine, when taken before a meal, protects against spikes in blood sugar, a precursor to type 2 diabetes. In 2012, just under half of the U.S. adult population were either diabetic or prediabetic according to a study by the American Medical Association (JAMA). Glycine works by activating the hormone ‘glucagon’ which suppresses excess glucose from circulating in your bloodstream.
Aids in weight loss
Another hormone activated by glycine is adiponectin, which plays an important role in your metabolism. Adiponectin increases your body’s glucose utilization rate, preventing excess glucose from converting into stored fat.
To activate these digestive benefits, Dr. Chris Masterjohn, a nutrition researcher from New York, recommends 3-5g of a glycine supplement before meals.
Supports brain health
Glycine has incredible neurological benefits. In a recent study, strokes patients who were given 1-2g of glycine per day, decreased their risk of severe disability by a staggering 66%.
Protects your liver
Your liver is a master detoxification agent. Without it, you would die. Animal studies have shown glycine protects the liver, reversing conditions such as fatty liver disease. Consuming glycine before drinking also slows down the absorption rate of alcohol, minimizing the risk of alcohol poisoning.
Reverses the signs of aging
If you haven’t heard of glutathione, see my post (here). Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and is activated by glycine. During the aging process, your cells undergo damage at the DNA level, which can be mitigated when glutathione levels are up. In effect, topping up on glycine keeps you looking and feeling young.
Promotes better sleep
The benefits of sleep are well documented, but if you suffer from insomnia, glycine can help. Just 3g before bedtime, according to Dr. Masterjohn, can stimulate melatonin (your sleep hormone), and ensure good quality sleep, helping you to wake up feeling refreshed.
Maintains muscle, joint and tendon health
Your musculoskeletal system is made from collagen, and collagen is packed full of glycine. By adding glycine to your diet, you provide support for your muscles, joints and tendons. A healthy musculoskeletal system protects against arthritis and other joint disorders that increase with age.
The most bioavailable source of glycine comes from hydrolyzed collagen. The best collagen supplements currently on the market are:
Whether you’re dealing with a chronic issue or simply looking to optimize your health, glycine should be a staple in your diet.
As always, pushing for health.
DISCLAIMER: THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.