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Glycine is possibly effective for treating schizophrenia and ischemic stroke; treating leg ulcers when used with other conventional medicines. It may also be used as an adjuvant therapy for memory enhancement, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), liver protection, cancer prevention and others.

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


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


Q. 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.

Q. Is glycine vegan?
It is vegan

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

Q. 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.

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

Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)