What is it Really?
“Betaine is a derivative of the nutrient choline; in other words, choline is a “precursor” to betaine and must be present for it to be synthesized in the body. Betaine is created by choline in combination with the amino acid glycine. Just like some B vitamins, including Folate and Vitamin B12, betaine is considered to be a “methyl donor.” This means it aids in liver function, detoxification and cellular functioning within the body. It’s most crucial role is to help the body process fats.” Original Article
There are a few questions that come to mind while researching betaine for the first time.
- “Is it Natural?” Yes. Betaine is about as natural a supplement as they come (Dependent upon source)
- “Do I have to Supplement it?” No, in fact you probably get betaine in your diet already. Just about everything we eat will have some amount of betaine in it. Although in small doses for most foods.
- “What foods are Richest in the Nutrient?” Many foods have a high content of this amino acid, with whole foods coming out on top. Included are the top three (Measurements before cooked). Wheat Germ Uncooked – (1/4 cup = 1055 mg) Wheat Bran Uncooked – (about 1/4 a cup = 200 mg) Quinoa Uncooked – (1/4 cup =178 mg)
“Are there any side effects?” When eating whole foods to include Betaine in your diet you’re very unlikely to experience any side effects, although the chance of side effects goes up if you were to use the processed supplement. Side affects include Diarrhea, Stomach upset, and nausea. Contact your doctor immediately before use of this supplement if, you have high cholesterol levels, are overweight, have heart disease or are at a high risk for heart disease.