Why you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep
(and how to fix it)!
Glycine, an amino acid which is essential in your body, has many different muscle, cognitive and metabolic functions. Glycine is the second most widespread amino acid found in human enzymes and proteins, which is why it has roles in nearly every part of the body.
- It helps break down and transport nutrients like glycogen and fat to be used by cells for energy, and in the process, it supports strong immune, digestive and nervous systems.
- It’s found in high concentrations in the skin, connective tissues of the joints and muscle tissue. One of the key amino acids used to form collagen and gelatin.
- Glycine can be found in bone broth and collagen supplements.
Glycine Benefits & Uses
According to research done by the Departments of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, glycine can be used to help lower symptoms in people suffering from conditions like ulcers, arthritis, leaky gut syndrome, diabetes, kidney and heart failure, neurobehavioral disorders, chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, and even certain cancers. (1) Amino acids such as glycine can be found in supplement form, but it’s easy — and probably even more beneficial — to acquire them from natural food sources.
Some of the many health benefits of glycine include:
- helping build lean muscle mass
- prevent muscle loss, muscle wasting or deterioration
- playing a role in the production of human growth hormone
- boosting mental performance and memory
- helping prevent strokes and seizures
- protecting skin from signs of aging or cellular mutations
- protecting collagen in joints and reducing joint pain
- improving flexibility and range of motion
- stabilizing blood sugar and lowering risk for type 2 diabetes
- improving sleep quality
- lowering inflammation and free radical damage by increasing glutathione production
- reducing risk for certain types of cancer
- building the lining of the gastrointestinal tract
- producing bile salts and digestive enzymes
- helping reduce allergic and autoimmune reactions
- boosting energy levels and fighting fatigue
- helping produce red blood cells
- fighting the effects of stress and anxiety
- helping control symptoms of seizures, schizophrenia and mental disorders
How to Add Glycine to your Day
- Drink 1-2 cups of bone broth daily.
Glycine is one of the key amino acids used to form gelatin and collagen and it’s abundant in the superfood bone broth. Use bone broth in recipes like soups, smoothies, or even warm a mug and mix in 1 teaspoon of grass-fed butter, for a creamy, frothy bedtime elixir.
Here’s our easy slow-cooker recipe for bone broth:
2. Sip some warm golden milk 1 hour before bed for a SWEET night’s sleep tonight!
No wonder this is called liquid gold in a mug; when I drink a cup before bed, I have the absolute sweetest sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and energized!
Rich, creamy and slightly sweet, this age-old remedy also known as Turmeric Tea or Golden Milk is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to turmeric, an earthy spice, golden in color. The health benefits of turmeric trump many medications and is available as a spice to add to recipes such as curry, or as a supplement.
And, it’s rich in glycine, thanks to collagen peptides. Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein and contains the amino acid glycine, which assists with better sleep.
Human and animal studies have shown that glycine affects neurotransmitters in a way that promotes better quality sleep, making bovine collagen a natural sleep The collagen peptides are broken down, in a more readily available form, which means they are absorbed easily and go to work faster in your body.
- Grab collagen here:
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