Betaine (also referred to as Trimethylglycine) is a compound found in Beets which has been the subject of some fairly extensive research investigating its effects on exercise performance.
What Does Betaine Do?
Betaine has been shown to increase strength and power during exercise as well improve muscular endurance. Elevated Growth Hormone and Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) have also been noted in response to exercise when Betaine is consumed prior.
How Does Betaine Work?
The primary hypothesis behind the ergogenic effects of Betaine is “cellular swelling”. Betaine is osmolytic, meaning it can increase the amount of water in muscle cells. The result: muscle cells are less vulnerable to damaging stimuli such as exercise.
Most studies using Betaine have used doses of 1.25g twice daily for a total of 2.5g daily. If you take a look at most Betaine-containing pre-workouts, however, what you’ll find is that they just contain 1.25g per serving. This means you would either need to consume two servings daily to derive the same benefit noted in studies.
This is why Catalyst contains precisely 2.5g of Betaine per serving, a true clinical dose.
CATALYST + AMINO BEYOND = THE STACK
Catalyst contains a true clinical dose of Betaine in each serving, meaning one serving is all you need. If you’re looking to increase your physical strength, get bigger muscles, and enhance your recovery, The Stack privides a full spectrum of clinically dosed ingredients which WILL help you acheive your goals.
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2. Trepanowski, John F., et al. “The effects of chronic betaine supplementation on exercise performance, skeletal muscle oxygen saturation and associated biochemical parameters in resistance trained men.” The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 25.12 (2011): 3461-3471.
3. Apicella, Jenna M., et al. “Betaine supplementation enhances anabolic endocrine and Akt signaling in response to acute bouts of exercise.” European journal of applied physiology 113.3 (2013): 793-802.
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