What is Betaine?

A deeper dive into this powerful supplement for health and body composition.

As society continues to seek natural remedies and strategies for health and wellness, we continue to find new compounds that are just as (if not moreso) effective in aiding our health as western pharmaceuticals drugs. Take for example the health aids of Betaine.

Betaine was first discovered in the 19th century, originally renowned for its heart health properties, however it turns out we were just scratching the surface of this wonderful supplement as it is shown to impact health and physical composition by positively affecting:

Fat Loss

Lean Muscle Improvement

Digestive Function

Heart & Vascular Health (Heart Disease is the #1 Killer in the US)

Liver Function and Detoxification

What is Betaine?

Betaine is a naturally occurring amino acid compound also known as trimethylglycine, or TMG. Betaine is a nonessential nutrient found in numerous food sources, including sugar beets, wheat bran, rye grain, bulgar grain, spinach, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato, turkey breast, beef, veal and some seafood, such as shrimp. It was originally discovered in beets, which is where the name betaine is derived from.

Digestive Aid

In order to digest food, your stomach must have adequate acid levels. Without sufficient acid levels, the food you eat will not be entirely broken down, which means that you will be unable to absorb all the nutrients provided by your food.  

The acid that carries the biggest workload in the digestive process is hydrochloric acid or HCl. Luckily, there is a compound of betaine that is frequently used to aid this digestive issue. Betaine hydrochloride is a compound that consists of betaine and hydrochloride and is naturally found in beets. The most popular composition of betaine supplements is betaine HCl. When taken as a digestive supplement, betaine HCl (hydrochloride) promotes production of additional hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which aids digestion. It assists in the absorption of B12, calcium, iron and proteins. 

Heart Health

The most extensively researched health benefit of betaine is its cardiovascular affect. The primary way in which betaine may safeguard heart health is by reducing levels of the amino acid homocysteine within the bloodstream. It does this by providing the homocysteine molecule with one of its methyl groups; this, in turn, transforms it into an innocuous substance called methionine. Betaine’s effectiveness has warranted FDA approval for use as a treatment for high homocysteine levels.

Liver Function Support and Detoxification

Betaine may also support healthy liver function and liver detoxification. Research has indicated that betaine can help break down fatty acids in the liver, and it has also been shown to aid liver function. Additionally, there is evidence to suggest that betaine may protect the liver from hepatotoxins like carbon tetrachloride and ethanol. These dangerous toxic chemicals have been found to access the body through certain prescription medications and also via herbicides and pesticides used on crops that we end up consuming. It is possible that betaine aids the liver in processing these harmful chemicals and eliminating them from the body.

Muscle Mass Improvement and Fat Loss

Betaine is also a popular newcomer to the physical fitness and exercise supplements category, because it plays a critical role in fat reduction and the metabolizing of protein. You’ll likely find betaine in top pre-workouts and “muscle building” supplements on the market today. In clinical trials, it has been shown to increase muscular power, strength and endurance, in conjunction with fat loss.

Found in CleanFuel Pre-Workout, Betaine has always been, and will continue to be one of the foundational ingredients for the improvement of your health and body composition. A single scoop of CleanFuel Preworkout contains 2.5 grams of Betaine HCL to provide you with all the health and physique benefits discussed above. We find that the majority of our customer base doesn’t fully understand our panel of ingredients and the multiple synergies that they provide our user’s bodies. However, you can always trust that any formula for any CleanFuel product is carefully and thoroughly designed with your health and performance in mind.

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