Functional Chemicals

Glycine (Amino Acid Additives)

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Glycine is one of the 20 essential amino acids, commonly found in proteins. Large amount of free glycine is predominantly found in nature, including prawns, sea urchins, scallops, and other shellfish. The characteristics flavor in these foods can be attributed to Glycine.



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Item Description
Foods Glycine is added to many food products to help create rich, elegant flavors. Glycine prevents growth of Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia Coli, improving the shelf life of foods.
Personal Care Glycine, along with its aluminum-zirconium complex, is widely used in antíperspirants. Glycine is an effective buffer in cosmetic and toiletry products and is the largest constituent in collagen protein.
Metal Finishing Many electrolytic and electroless metal plating baths use glycine for its buffering, brightening and complexing ability. Glycine also functions as an ammonia substitute in the formulation of low-odor plating solutions.
Chemical Synthesis Being a simple organic compound with reactive amino, carboxyl and methylene groups, Glycine has found numerous applications in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and a wide variety of other organic chemicals.
Feed additives Glycine can be used as feed additive can not only improve feed nutrition levels, but also have the effects of antioxidation and prolonging the shelf life of feed.
Pet Food Glycine is used as an ingredient in pet food formulations, to improve the taste.