Betaine Improves Training Performance

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Introduction

Betaine is probably an ingredient you have seen, but you never understood why it is included in supplements. Betaine is also known as Trimethylglycine meaning that it comes from the amino acid glycine with the addition of three “methyl” groups, which means it can perform various functions in the body.

The known benefits of betaine include improving cardiovascular health, digestion, and exercise performance. The purpose of this article will be centered around betaine’s exercise performance benefits.


What does Betaine do?

Betaine has been shown to achieve and increase in power output, strength, strength-endurance, training volume, and even nitric oxide.

One study found after 14-days of betaine supplementation (2.5g/day) subjects were able to produce more power on a vertical jump. In addition, they were able to produce more force on an isometric squat (no movement, sitting in the squat position pushing against a bar that won’t move)1. The same results were found for bench press.

The relevance to this research is that if you can produce more power on a vertical jump/bench press throw and more force on an isometric squat/bench press, you’ll be able to move heavier weight when squatting or benching in the gym.

Interestingly, these results are not only found when lifting weights, similar results are found when cycling (sprinting on a bike)2.

A similar study found an increase in squat reps to failure (volume) using a similar protocol3. This is interesting because one study1 showed no increase in squat volume, whereas the other study did.

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Another interesting discovery about the third study is that they replicated a similar cycling protocol as the second study2, but found no increase in cycling performance using betaine.

We don’t know why the results are mixed, but it may have something to do with diet and/or the order the tests were performed.


Hydration

The most supported theory as to why betaine increases performance is the hydration theory. Meaning that betaine will increase the amount of water inside of your muscle cells, which will increase your ability to get a pump when training.

This is important for lifting weights, strength, and performance. What is interesting is that this is similar to creatine. Creatine will increase the amount of water in your muscles leading to an increase in exercise performance.

As you will notice, MYOTREND® MYOPRE® contains both betaine and creatine. This is because creatine has shown its effectiveness time and time again. When pairing creatine with betaine, you do not only get a performance benefit, but you also get the benefit of increased fluid inside of the cell. So, MYOPRE® is designed to increase your performance through different ways.

Other benefits of Betaine

Aside from the known performance benefits of betaine, it also has health benefits including

  • Improves cardiovascular health

  • Increases growth hormone

  • Reduces cortisol

Therefore, betaine may be used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise regime to improve health outcomes.


Conclusion

In conclusion, betaine is a supplement MYOTREND® included in MYOPRE® to improve your workout performance. This supplement can aid in your power and strength endurance, which is useful to athletes such as football and hockey players. The fact that MYOPRE® is also Informed Sport certified makes it a valuable asset to athletes all ages because it is banned-substance free and will improve your performance.


References

  1. Lee, E. C., Maresh, C. M., Kraemer, W. J., Yamamoto, L. M., Hatfield, D. L., Bailey, B. L., … & Craig, S. A. (2010). Ergogenic effects of betaine supplementation on strength and power performance. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 7(1), 27.
  2. Pryor, J. L., Craig, S. A., & Swensen, T. (2012). Effect of betaine supplementation on cycling sprint performance. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 9(1), 12.
  3. Hoffman, J. R., Ratamess, N. A., Kang, J., Rashti, S. L., & Faigenbaum, A. D. (2009). Effect of betaine supplementation on power performance and fatigue. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 6(1), 7.
About the author

Andy (The Performance Chef) has a passion for not only food. But also optimizing health and pushing the boundaries of human potential. A chef by trade, he has at trained a bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition, master’s degree in nutrition & exercise science. And is a doctoral candidate in health & human performance.