Glycine is an amino acid (the building blocks of proteins) produced by the body.

What are its health benefits?

It is a vital part of the proteins that form skin and connective tissue, and is involved in the transmission of chemical signals to the brain. In sufficient amounts, it positively affects the functioning of the central nervous system as well as prostate health.

A glycine supplement may have the following benefits:

  • Assisting in the management of schizophrenia, when used in combination with prescription medicines
  • Assisting in the management of hyperactivity disorders

Do you have a deficiency?

Because the body produces ample amounts of glycine, deficiency is uncommon.

Find it in these food source

Glycine is found in the following foods:

  • Animal products, including pork, fish, dairy products
  • Soybeans, beans
  • Tofu
  • Spinach, pumpkin, kale, spinach
  • Kiwi and bananas
  • Wheat germ

Recommended dietary allowance (RDA)

 The RDA for glycine for the treatment of schizophrenia is 0.4g to 0.8g in divided doses per day. 

However, first discuss supplementation dosages with your doctor or Clicks pharmacist.

Warnings

Avoid glycine supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avoid use of glycine if you’re taking clozapine, which is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, as it reduces the efficacy of this medication. 

Possible side effects

Side effects could include:

  • Physical tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach upset
  • Drowsiness

Ensure you discuss dietary supplementation with your Clicks pharmacist to avoid the potential for side effects and adverse interactions with medications.

This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicines Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The accuracy of this information was checked and approved by Clicks' pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman in September 2015