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BETAINE  (Glycine derivative)

As a methyl donor, betaine participates in the methionine cycle primarily in the human liver and kidneys and is a derivative of the amino acid glycine. Betaine increases the water retention of cells, replaces inorganic salts and protects intracellular enzymes against inactivation. It improves growth and the efficiency of food utilisation and reduces body fat.

Betaine can also be made in the body, where it is involved in supporting proper liver function, cellular reproduction and helping to manufacture carnitine. It also plays a role in preventing fatigue and blood clots. Homocysteine is a toxic substance in the body that can lead to osteoporosis and heart problems. Consuming foods rich in betaine, along with foods high in vitamin B6, vitamin B9 and vitamin B12, can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood.

Betaine is also known to eliminate the Helicobacter pylori bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers.

Betaine can stop the spread of cancer tumours, prevent diseases of liver, kidney and pancreas and treat ulcers in the stomach, strengthen the lungs and the immune system, improve the vision (also good for eye redness treatment), reduce pain after intense physical training and menstrual pain, positively affect the colon and eliminate hard stools, regulate blood pressure, improve bad breath which occurs due to indigestion of food, help treat acne and create healthy skin.

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Highest sources of betaine in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Quinoa 630 mg

  • Spinach 577

  • Beetroot 256 mg

  • Rye flour (146 mg

  • Shellfish 144 mg

  • Kamut 113 mg

  • White fish 88mg

  • Bulgur wheat 83 mg

  • Wholegrain wheat flour 77mg

  • Barley 66mg

  • Sweet potato, sunflower seeds 35 mg

  • Oat flour 31 mg

  • Chicken breast 30 mg

  • Curry powder 29 mg

  • Chicken livers 21 mg

  • Veal 19 mg

  • Beef steak, venison, wild rabbit 18 mg

  • Basil (dried) 16 mg

  • Lamb 14 mg

  • Cashew nuts, mushrooms (Portobello), salmon 11 mg

  • Oregano, turkey, turmeric 10 mg

  • Duck, pork 8 mg

  • Cinnamon 4 mg

  • Ginger (ground powder) 3 mg


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