Glycine Keeps On Giving
“Glycine has broad spectrum anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective and immunomodulatory properties…”
“Dietary glycine is protective…against endotoxemia, liver ischemia-reperfusion…the growth of…melanoma cells in vivo…”
“It is now clear that…glycine protects against shock caused…by blood loss or endotoxin…improves recovery from alcoholic hepatitis…prevents hypoxia and free radical formation…useful in other inflammatory diseases since it diminishes cytokine production”
“Glycine inhibits growth of tumor in vivo most likely because of the inhibition of angiogenesis”
“Glycine can be used…for chemoprevention and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma in alcoholic cirrhosis”
“Glycine is a potent therapeutic immuno-nutrient for various kinds of chronic liver disease”
“Ischaemia is amongst the leading causes of death…there are only a few therapeutic approaches…inhibition of the inflammatory response in the injured tissue is considered to contribute decisively to the glycine-induced reduction of IRI (ischemia-reperfusion injury)”
“Dietary glycine improved survival rates…by regulating the production of proinflammatory or anti-inflammatory cytokines in liver.”
“Glycine is a simple, easily available and inexpensive substance with few and innocuous side effects. Despite the recent unveiling of tantalizing aspects regarding its mechanism of action, biological activities and therapeutic potential, clinical use has remained scant.”
Well I suppose – generally speaking – it’s only really especially useful when it comes to protecting against cellular irregularity as well as helping the immune system to function more effectively and powerfully reducing issues which relate to inflammation.
I mean, apart from it’s ability – more specifically – to safely inhibit and prevent cancer growth, and improve rates of survival from difficult to treat – and often deadly – liver and kidney related issues, there can’t really be that many important uses, can there?
Unless of course you start to consider that – in biological terms – there isn’t really a disease or condition which exists unrelated to inflammation as well as cellular and immune system function.
That includes heart disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as many brain disorders such as Parkinson’s and MS, not to mention all of the mood related issues including depression and anxiety.
Let’s not even begin to consider the significance of the physiological relationship between bacterial endotoxin and disease promotion – especially in light of the ability of reasonably small doses of glycine to protect the intestines, in circumstances which can often be deadly.
So how does one take advantage – in everyday life – of the many beneficial and highly protective effects of glycine?
One way, of course, is to supplement directly with glycine. The other way is to just eat more gelatin – as glycine is an amino acid which is found in abundance in gelatin.
But remember, it’s always a good idea to consume sufficient quantities of sugar with any kind of protein – in order to avoid any stress (or low blood sugar) related issues which might arise as a by-product of the need for insulin in the assimilation of amino acids.
One great way is to make homemade jelly to use as something healthy to snack on throughout the day. All you need is some gelatin and maybe some orange juice and plenty of white sugar and you’re in business.
Do you ever wonder why glycine is not widely used or commonly recommended?
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Image: “Jelly on a Plate”