Betaine hydrochloride plays a pivotal role in bolstering digestive function, especially in those with diminished stomach acid levels.
Beyond that, studies have illuminated its potential in enhancing exercise performance, explicitly augmenting strength and power. Moreover, its consistent consumption can foster liver health, a boon for individuals with liver afflictions or those with regular alcohol consumption.
The need to know
What are the benefits?
• Digestive Aid: Betaine hydrochloride is renowned for bolstering digestive function, especially in those with decreased stomach acid levels.
• Enhanced Exercise Performance: Preliminary studies suggest that betaine might boost exercise performance, notably in strength and power metrics.
• Liver Health: Regular intake of betaine can foster liver health, beneficial for those with liver issues or frequent alcohol consumption.
Betaine hydrochloride functions primarily by amplifying the production of stomach acid. This enhancement in stomach acid production bolsters digestion and optimises nutrient absorption.
There's also a speculated protective effect on the liver, as betaine might boost the production of certain antioxidant enzymes. A pivotal aspect of its function is addressing low stomach acid, which, contrary to common beliefs, can cause reflux.
A lack of adequate stomach acid can elevate stomach pH, making the environment less acidic. This can inadvertently allow bacteria and undigested food remnants to reside in the stomach longer than necessary, elevating stomach pressure and causing relaxation of the lower oesophagal sphincter (LOS). This leads to symptoms associated with GORD and heartburn.
How will I know its working?
When taking betaine, an immediate effect is reduced belching when eating and reduction in heartburn and reflux. With time you may notice an enhanced exercise performance, particularly in strength-based activities.
When to take it?
Take 1 capsule daily with food and water, unless specified otherwise on the sachet.
Serving Size 1 Vegetarian Capsule
Per Serving% Daily
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Did you know?
Betaine got its name from sugar beets (Beta vulgaris), the vegetable from which it was first derived.
Beyond its digestive benefits, betaine also functions as an osmolyte, protecting cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress.
Its potential heart health benefits are rooted in its ability to reduce the levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that, at elevated levels, is associated with heart disease.
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The latest research
1. Trepanowski JF, et al. (2010). The effects of chronic betaine supplementation on exercise performance, skeletal muscle oxygen saturation, and associated biochemical parameters in resistance trained men. J Int Soc Sports Nutr., 7(1), 27.
2. Galvan E, et al. (2012). Betaine in human nutrition. Ann Nutr Metab., 61(2), 152-165.
3. Del Bas JM, et al. (1998). Effect of betaine on liver function in chronic liver disease: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Clin Nutr., 17(3), 151-157.
4. Craig SAS. (2004). Betaine in human nutrition. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 80(3), 539-549.
5. Schwab U, et al. (2002). Betaine supplementation decreases plasma homocysteine concentrations but does not affect body weight, body composition, or resting energy expenditure in human subjects. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 76(5), 961-967.
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