What Betaine Has To Offer

Betaine is an ingredient found in beets, broccoli, spinach and shellfish. It's been synthesized into a sports nutrition ingredient, but many active adults aren't all that familiar with betaine's potential. A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition offers insight into what you might expect from 6 weeks of supplementation.

Researchers had 23 subjects supplement with 2.5 grams of betaine per day or a placebo. Compared to measurements taken before the trial, 6 weeks of supplementation increased arm muscle cross sectional area, bench press volume and promoted body composition improvements significantly more for the betaine group compared to placebo. There was also a trend toward greater vertical jump power.

True Strength Moment: Although increases in back squat volume and one rep max for the bench press and squat were not all that different between groups, gaining a performance edge offered by betaine might be advantageous to fierce competitors and those chasing ambitious goals in the gym. Give this ingredient a try for 6 weeks and assess what you accomplish.
Leave a Comment