Please note that this section reports on claims that have NOT yet been substantiated through scientific studies.
Glycine is found in some antacid medications. In addition, it is claimed to be useful in treating depression, hyperactivity and malnutrition associated with drug addiction.
Amino acids (AAs) are available as individual AAs or in proprietary AA combinations, as well as part of multi-vitamin formulas, proteins and food supplements. The forms include tablets, fluids and powders. However, adequate protein in the diet should provide a sufficient source of all amino acids.
There are no conditions that increase the requirements for glycine.
Side Effects, Toxicity and Interactions:
The use of a single amino acid supplement may lead to a negative nitrogen balance, decreasing the metabolic efficiency and increasing the workload of the kidneys. In children, taking single amino acid supplements may also harmfully affect growth parameters.
Excessive glycine in the body can also cause fatigue.
Always avoid taking individual amino acids in high dosage for prolonged periods.
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use glycine supplements.
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