Glycine is the second most common amino acid found in human enzymes and proteins, having roles in nearly every part of the body. It’s one of 20 amino acids used to make protein in the body, building the tissue that forms organs, joints and muscles. Some of the major benefits include: promoting better muscle growth, healing the lining of the GI tract, and slowing down the loss of cartilage in joints and skin. Glycine is most commonly found in the skin, bones, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments of animals. This power house amino acid is one of the reasons collagen supplements have become so popular.
I am all for glycine, but being vegan, consuming parts of animals is not an option and even most supplements are animal based. Good news, there are a variety of plant-based sources like beans, spinach, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, pumpkin, banana and kiwi. As we age or if we are fighting illness or disease, our body can use a boost in glycine as production of glycine declines in these situations. Check out the informational chart next door, courtesy of Dr Axe