Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Betaine (trimethylglycine)

Betaine is an amino acid (also called trimethylglycine) derived from beets. It aids joint and liver repair and liver protection.

Recent studies show that it boosts strength and power, increases growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) levels.

Betaine also increases the body's own production of creatine. 
The recommended dosage l,500-3,000mg with pre- and post-workout meals.

According to WebMD:
"Betaine hydrochloride is also used to treat abnormally low levels of potassium (hypokalemia), hay fever, “tired blood” (anemia), asthma, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), yeast infections, diarrhea, food allergies, gallstones, inner ear infections, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and thyroid disorders. It is also used to protect the liver.

Don’t confuse betaine hydrochloride with betaine anhydrous. Use only the FDA-approved betaine anhydrous product for the treatment of high levels of homocysteine in the urine (homocystinuria). This is a symptom of some rare genetic diseases."

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