Why Glycine as an Organic Mineral Carrier Protein?

Antioxidant effect Glycine is 1 of 3 amino acids used by the body to make glutathione, an antioxidant that protects cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Glutathione levels decrease with age, so glycine supplementation becomes increasingly necessary in aging animals.1,2,6
Collagen health and muscle mass maintenance Glycine is 1 of 3 amino acids used by the body to make creatine and is the most abundant amino acid found in collagen. Collagen is responsible for strengthening muscles, skin, cartilage, blood, bone and ligaments. Therefore, adequate glycine levels may help support joint health and function, improve mobility, and maintain lean muscle mass in aging animals.1,2,6
Heart health Glycine supplementation may help lower an animal’s heart disease risk factors.3,4,5,6
Brain function Ammonia can form in the brain as a byproduct of protein metabolism. Glycine helps control those ammonia levels in the brain. The brain also utilizes glycine as a neurotransmitter in the spinal cord and brain stem.3,4,5,6
Gut health Glycine is found in bile secreted to the small intestine and is necessary for the digestion of dietary fat and absorption of long-chain fatty acids. Glycine is also a natural antacid for alkalizing.3,4,5,6
Immune support Antagonists such as glycine matter because they make up 70% of an animal’s immune system. The body utilizes glycine in the biosynthesis of nucleic acids, uric acid, creatine, heme and glutathione. Glycine also plays an important role in synthesizing growth hormone.3,4,5,6
Growth and fertility Glycine may help support enzymatic systems and vitamin utilization, as well as bone and joint development and tissue integrity.

1. de Paz Lugo et al., 2018; 2. Li and Wu, 2018; 3. Viera et al., 2018; 4. Wang, 2013; 5. Wang et al., 2013; 6. Wang et al., 2014

Why Feed GemStone®?

GemStone Mineral Products & Benefits
Copper (Cu 240)
  • Functional component of those enzymatic systems involved with cardiac functions.
  • Nutritional requirement for the normal growth and well-being of an animal.
  • Required nutrient in hemoglobin production.
  • Poultry/Swine: May be supplemented at rates higher than nutritional levels for growth performance and other benefits.
Iron (Fe 200)
  • Helps transport oxygen through the blood.
  • Important in the respiratory processes due to its oxidation-reduction activity and its ability to transport electrons.
Manganese (Mn 210)
  • Component of the bone matrix.
  • Essential for reproductive function.
  • Functional component of many enzymatic systems, including carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism.
  • Necessary for biotin, vitamin B1 and vitamin C utilization.
Zinc (Zn 260)
  • Essential for DNA transcription and protein digestion.
  • Functional component of many enzymatic systems, including those involved with respiration, cellular growth, reproduction and digestion.

GemStone mineral products offer better bioavailability and absorption because of their mode of action, compared to inorganic glycinate sources. That’s because inorganics must first find a carrier protein before the antagonist can bind. Alternatively, GemStone minerals are already bound to their carrier protein, glycine, which allows them to be directly absorbed and bypass the excretion process.

Material science research demonstrates that, compared to competitive products, GemStone mineral products may provide:

  • Better bioavailability.
  • Higher metal content.
  • High rate of solubility. GemStone minerals solubilize in water without dissociation.
  • Desirable particle size and density for improved mineral handling and processing.

The purity, chelation and stability of GemStone mineral products are verified by:

  • Elemental analysis
  • Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • X-ray powder diffraction (XRD)
  • Tandem Mass Spectrometry (MS/MS) for neutral and acidic pH