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NCT number NCT03353441
Study type Interventional
Source Daacro
Contact Juliane Hellhammer, PhD
Phone +496519120494
Email info@daacro.de
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 2017
Completion date February 2018

Clinical Trial Summary

The aim of this study is to assess whether intake of Glycine (MSG) leads to an increase of cognitive performance after an acute stressor compared to placebo. One group will receive verum, one group placebo and one group will not receive any intervention. Cognitive testing will be performed in connection with the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST).


Clinical Trial Description

Stress can enhance or impair memory performances depending on the timing of the stressor and the timing of the memory processes in relation to the stressor. If stress occurs directly before or during the retrieval of information, the performance is impaired. Decreased performances using an acute stressor were also observed for other domains of cognitive functioning like working memory, interference control, cognitive flexibility and attention tasks.

Glycine, the simplest of the amino acids, is an essential component of important biological molecules, a key substance in many metabolic reactions, the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the spinal cord and brain stem, and an anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective, and immune modulating substance. Studies have found positive effects of Glycine on episodic memory retrieval and in a word retrieval task.

To assess the effect of Glycine (MSG) on cognitive performance after an acute stressor, subjects perform baseline cognitive testing before intake of investigational products (Glycine (MSG), placebo or nothing) and participation in a stress test (Trier Social Stress Test - TSST). After the TSST stress-induced changes in cognitive performance are assessed. A second treatment intake takes place between the first and the remaining cognitive tests.


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