Beetroot nutrient betaine for heart, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's
Colin Rose is a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He is the Founder and Director of Research and Innovation of Uni-Vite Healthcare.
His recent book Delay Ageing: Healthy to 100 reveals how to slow ageing and, therefore, help prevent later-life illness.
Beetroot contains a nutrient called betaine.
But when Dr Paul Clayton – then Chair of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine – first suggested to me that we include betaine in our supplement NutriShield, very few people had heard of it.
Now it is appearing regularly as a major anti-ageing supplement, but with a fancy scientific name – TMG or Tri-Methyl-Glycine.
You find betaine (aka TMG) in wheatgerm, spinach and, of course, beetroot (hence the name betaine).
Here’s what it does.
Betaine/Trimethylglycine is a methyl donor – essential for gene expression
Studies show that betaine/TMG has many potential health benefits, including the ability to enhance heart health, boost athletic performance, promote healthy insulin levels, and protect against depression.
TMG/betaine is called a methyl donor – it is involved in a chemical process called methylation, which is essential for gene expression.
That is the process (called epigenetic change) whereby genes are either turned on or off. Betaine encourages gene expression that appears to reduce multiple sclerosis risk. Link to reference. The positive epigenetic impact of betaine goes even further, having – according to a detailed 2018 study in Frontiers of Immunology:
“ ... beneficial actions in several human diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease”.
Betaine for heart health
Betaine converts homocysteine (BAD) — a type of amino acid — into another compound called methionine (GOOD).
This is very important, since high levels of homocysteine can damage your blood vessels and significantly increase heart disease risk. Link to reference By lowering homocysteine levels, betaine helps lower heart disease risk.
Improved athletic performance
Athletes are using TMG/Betaine because research shows it can improve performance in endurance activities. Link to reference That’s related to the fact that betaine and beetroot powder can help increase nitric oxide levels in the blood, which improves blood flow.
You may not be an elite athlete, but the reported reduction in fatigue and increases in muscle function are benefits we can all appreciate.
Improved Insulin Resistance
Still further studies have found that TMG supplements could improve insulin resistance. Link to reference
Insulin resistance is a condition that damages your body’s ability to use the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels and can lead to diabetes.
Improvement in symptoms of depression and anxiety
Betaine may also improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Because these conditions appear to be linked with elevated inflammation and homocysteine levels – problems that betaine/TMG can help lower.
But don't rely on just one supplement alone – even betaine
Most studies on the human benefits of TMG/betaine supplements in humans have used dosages of between 300mg and even up to 6,000 mg per day. There is 450mg of betaine in NutriShield Premium.
Although we are proud of being one of the first companies to offer betaine in our supplement, it’s worth restating that no one nutrient is going to make a big difference to your health. Nutrition is like an orchestra – all the members have to combine for a memorable performance.
So, there are other nutrients in NutriShield that help protect you:-
♥ For your heart – grapeseed and green tea extracts, curcumin, lutein and lycopene
♥ For insulin resistance/diabetes – Omega 3, curcumin, magnesium
♥ For mood/depression – curcumin, folic acid, vitamin D3, B12
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NutriShield Premium Health Supplement
NutriShield Premium was originally designed by Dr Paul Clayton, former Chair of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine.
It contains 6 different capsules, combining a total of 43 powerful nutrients - including betaine - to support healthy ageing and has been updated and improved every year since 2002 based on the newest longevity research.
Delay Ageing book explains the ageing process and how you can postpone it
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