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Glycine is used in the treatment of nutritional deficiencies

How it works

Glycine is used to make proteins which are vital to human physiological functions. It is also involved in the transmission of chemical signals in the brain, so it may be used for treating schizophrenia and improving memory. It also seems to interfere with the blood supply needed by certain tumors, thus may have a role in cancer prevention too.

Common side effects

Nausea, Drowsiness, Stomach upset, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Use with caution in children and elderly and only under a physician supervision.
  • Do not use glycine, if you are allergic to glycine or any other ingredient.

Frequently asked questions



Is glycine optically active/ polar/ hydrophobic/ soluble in water/ a nucleotide/ amphipathic/ inhibitory or excitatory/ ionic or covalent/ polar covalent/ contain a chiral carbon/have a side chain/have peptide bonds/have a chiral center/form hydrogen bonds?
Glycine is an amino acid which does not have a side chain. It is considered non-polar hydrophobic but can also fit into hydrophilic class. It does not have a chiral center


Is glycine vegan?
It is vega


Does glycine raise blood sugar?
Glycine ingestion results in little or no increase in plasma glucose concentration

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Does glycine help you sleep?
Glycine is coming as a new non-pharmaceutical option for promoting good sleep. It should be taken as per physician advice


Does glycine cause weight gain?
Glycine usually does not cause weight gain.

Content on this page was last updated on 16 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)