WHAT IS BETAINE AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
WHAT IS BETAINE ANHYDROUS?
Sugar Beets, one source of naturally occurring Betaine, lend Betaine Anhydrous its seemingly random name. For Athletes, betaine can an extremely beneficial vitamin that is synthesized from Choline and that goes by many less common names as well, like Trimethylglycine or TMG for short. Other even less common names include Glycine Betaine, Trimethylbetaine and Oxyneurine.
WHY IS BETAINE IMPORTANT FOR ATHLETES PRE WORKOUT?
Betaine Anhydrous is one of the Best Pre Workout ingredients currently available because data suggests that it may Increase Muscle Strength and Size and Improve Muscle Recovery from exercise induced stress.
In one study, athletes that supplemented with 2.5 grams of Betaine daily showed Improved Body Composition, Increased Arm Size, and Improved Bench Press Work Capacity.
In another study, athletes that were administered 1.25 grams of Betaine daily were able to Complete More Reps and Delay Fatigue during high-intensity exercise compared to a placebo group.
A third study showed male athletes who supplemented with Betaine had significantly Increased Power Output, Greater Force Production, and Improved Peak & Average Power. [3,4]
BUT, WAIT, THERE'S EVEN MORE TO SUPPLEMENTING WITH BETAINE PRE WORKOUT?
Betaine is an extremely versatile vitamin and supplementing with a Pre Workout Formula containing Betaine Anhydrous may have a wide variety of physiological benefits.
Betaine may be helpful by supporting healthy homocysteine levels, animal models indicate that it may help support liver health, and Betaine could also function as an antioxidant. [5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14]
Betaine has even been suggested to Support Fat Loss by promoting lipid oxidation and, in turn, Supporting Lean Mass!
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