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Don’t Stop With Muscle Meat: Eat the Whole Animal!

Are YOU getting enough Glycine?






You may never have heard of it, but it’s the second most abundant amino acid in your body. And there’s a good chance that—unless you’re taking collagen, or you load up on gelatin or chug bone broth—you’re not consuming enough Glycine.


Here’s the thing: Glycine is found in our food, but not in muscle meats. It’s found in animal’s skin and bones, as well as their ligaments and tendons.

In the old days, people couldn’t afford to throw away the more “unwanted” animal parts, so they ate the entire deer or elk, or whatever they were lucky enough to hunt and kill. This meant they got their fill of Glycine.


Today, on the other hand, many of us strive for the best, most prestigious cuts—usually just muscle meat—of the cow or chicken and ditch the rest of the animal because it doesn’t always look so appealing.


Why is Glycine important?


It’s the protein we need most for healthy bones, cartilage, skin and blood vessels, as well as for teeth and muscle development. Without enough Glycine, our tendons and ligaments can become weak, meaning our chance of injury goes up.


Further, Glycine is known to improve digestion, to slow the effects of ageing, to boost the immune system, and to improve quality of sleep. On top of this, it helps you be more alert and have greater concentration during the day.


Some research even shows it’s also great for increasing your natural growth hormone. One study showed those who take 22.5 g of Glycine a day boosted their growth hormone levels by 360 percent. Meanwhile, another study showed Glycine might even be useful for treating schizophrenia.

Natural Glycine Intake


If you’re opposed to taking supplements, there are more natural ways to get more Glycine into your body, too: Eat more collagen-based foods, like gelatin, and eat the whole animal, not just the filet mignon! Bone broth can be tasty if prepared well…


As a sidenote, bone broth has tons of other benefits, too—namely it improves gut health. It’s also been known to improve joint health and digestion, as well as it helps protect you against the common cold and flu.


Here’s a recipe for making your own bone broth if you’re curious:


And, if you’re curious to read more about the sometimes forgotten amino acid Glycine, here’s some more information: