Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Contains Glycine

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Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) contains glycine that is a non-essential amino acid and is able to convert glucose into energy(1*). It also plays a role in producing creatine that helps to slow the degradation of muscles and supplies the body with energy on a cellular level(2*). In addition, glycine promotes digestive health by regulating the synthesis of bile fats - glycine acts as an antacid(3*).

Glycine is required for a healthy nervous system and has been linked to blocking the neurotransmitters that cause seizures(4*). Moreover, it can be converted into serine — itself a neurotransmitter. Glycine is being studied for its positive effects on those with chemical imbalances in the brain. Other biochemical processes that incorporate glycine include the production of collagen, RNA, and DNA(5*). Collagen is used by the body to create skin, bones, and cartilage. RNA and DNA are macromolecules and are required for all forms of known life (along with proteins). Glycine has antioxidant properties and helps to repair DNA damaged by free radicals and exposure to ultraviolet radiation and is also used to assist those with benign prostatic hyperplasic, gout, and muscle spasms.

Sources of Glycine

Beans, Dairy Products, Fish, Meat and our Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) from Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules (Prickly Pear).

     Source References
(1) Wikipedia: Glycine
(2) Genetics Home Reference: Glycine
(3) National Institute of Standards and Technology: Glycine
(4) Chemical Book: Glycine

(5) Pub Chem: Glycine