This is our second post on this important topic. In the first post, I have shown my method on how I make bone broth, and discussed some of the health benefits. I had previously seen an article which showed a significant reduction in serum lipids (total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and triacylglycerols) in laboratory mice given glycine. I wanted to include that reference in the first post, but I couldn’t find it at the time of posting.
So after some additional researching I found it again, and also another one too, which shows that glycine lowers cholesterol significantly. Dear reader, this is no small thing. Anyone trying to lower their cholesterol knows that is is very difficult to lower your cholesterol even 10 points. Taking statins can cause numerous and dangerous side effects, and actually a recent study has shown that taking statins does not improve your life expectancy at all.
The first study (first published in 1999) is here:
In this study, the rats were fed a cholesterol free diet (“CFD”). Recent studies have shown that there is little correlation between dietary and plamsa (blood fluids) cholesterol levels. This has been my experience as well. My cholersterol was 308, and then after about six months of eating two boiled eggs every weekday, my cholesterol DROPPED to 305. Go figure.
“GSD” means Glycine-Supplemented Diet, which consisted of the cholesterol free diet (“CFD”) + 1.5% glycine for 5 weeks.
The numbers for reductions in blood and liver lipid concenstrations are astounding:
“Plasma triglyceride level was significantly lower in rats fed the TSD (53% decrease, P<0.001) compared to those fed the CFD. Both TSD and GSD significantly lowered the plasma levels of total cholesterol (40% decrease in TSD, p<0.001 and 27% decrease in GSD, p<0.001, respectively) and LDL-plus VLDL-cholesterol (50% decrease in TSD, p<0.05 and 39% decrease in GSD, p<0.01, respectively) compared to the values for CFD. Liver cholesterol concentration was not significantly influenced by the dietary supplementation of taurine or glycine. However, both TSD and GSD showed significantly lower hepatic triglyceride concentrations (43% and 53% decreases in TSD and GSD, p<0.001, respectively), ”
Reductions of total plasma cholesterol – 27%
Reduction of LDL-plus VLDL-cholesterol – 39%
Reduction of liver triglyceride concentrations – 53%
These are astonishing numbers!
The study’s conclusion is:
“These results suggest the possible roles of dietary taurine or glycine as hypocholesterolemic and/or hypotriglyceridemic agents.”
Translated to english, it says that taurine and glycine have potential roles as cholesterol and triglyceride lowering agents.
The second study, which preceeded the above study, is here (and first published in 1997):
In this abstract, they don’t list the actual numbers (you need to buy the report to see that), but the conclusion is the same:
This study concluded: – “Gelatin was hypocholesterolaemic”
Translated to english, it means gelatin lowered cholesterol.
And all of this benefit from chicken soup! No prescription drugs needed, and no dangerous side effects. My total cholersterol has always been very high, over 300, and I will report back later, perhaps 6 months, if there is any good result from taking bone broth. Everyone is welcome to try it, and comment below thanks! We are not doctors, so please consult your primary care professional.
For easy directions on how to make gelatin as well as the many health benefits, please see our other post here:
For further reseach about this, please see the following references:
Suffering from joint pain and arthritis? Try collagen and gelatin:
And another recipe for chicken bone broth:
The National Academy of Sciences recently reviewed the nutritional requirements for working adults (male and female soldiers, in particular), and suggested that 100 grams of balanced protein was needed for efficient work. For adults, a large part of that could be in the form of gelatin. It means that the raw materials that we are using, which are basically waste materials, could be used to provide a large part of a working adult’s daily protein requirement.
Individuals with kidney or liver disease should not consume glycine without consulting their doctor. Taking any one amino acid supplement can cause a disruption of the citric acid or Krebs cycle, and cause a build-up of nitrogen or ammonia in the body, which makes the liver and kidneys work harder to remove waste. Anyone taking antispastic drugs should consult a physician before supplementing with glycine, since it theoretically could increase the effects of these medications.