Monday 15th June 2015
Glycine Supplementation Could Reverse Aging
The authors of the paper do not shy away from suggesting that glycine supplementation could decrease or reverse aging.
It’s too early to say what the proper dose of glycine might be, but we can speculate that it would be enough to bring glycine levels up to those seen in young people. (Indeed, in infants.)
Very interestingly, we already know that, in rats, glycine supplementation increases lifespan, through increased clearance of methionine. (Glycine here acts as a methionine restriction mimetic.) The amount of glycine fed to those rats with increased lifespan was approximately 3 to 6 times the amount fed to controls, which is, I would say, a very doable proposition. A few grams of glycine daily might do the trick.
This is an exciting study and, although much more work will be needed, appears to open up a new avenue in potential anti-aging and life extension treatments. Best of all, glycine is cheap and likely very safe, since it’s an amino acid the body produces itself – P.D. Mangan