Source Naturals - TMG Trimethylglycine (Anhydrous Betaine) 750 mg - 240 Tablets
Source Naturals TMG Trimethylglycine has been shown to help protect the liver and raise S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) levels in animal studies. SAM may help to promote a balanced emotional state. TMG, also known as anhydrous betaine, is found in a variety of plant and animal sources and is utilized in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine. Maintaining normal homocysteine levels is important for the health of the cardiovascular system.
Methylation Controls Homocysteine Levels
Homocysteine is created in the body from the metabolism of methionine, an essential dietary amino acid. Methionine is obtained mostly from meat and dairy products; it is required to build human proteins. In a healthy person, homocysteine is converted back into methionine as part of a closed-loop regulatory mechanism that prevents homocysteine levels from becoming too high. The process is called methylation, because a methyl group (CH3: one carbon and three hydrogen atoms) detaches from a “donor” molecule and attaches onto the homocysteine molecule, converting this potentially toxic amino acid back into methionine. A poor diet (high in fat or protein, low in vegetables and whole grains), smoking, or genetic predisposition can disrupt this process, causing an accumulation of homocysteine in the bloodstream. Age is another factor because the elderly may have difficulty absorbing B vitamins from food. Also, for women, homocysteine levels rise around the time of menopause.
Reducing Homocysteine Levels with Trimethylglycine
Elevated homocysteine levels are easily reduced with the intake of certain nutrients involved in methylation. Such nutrients include folic acid with its cofactors, vitamins B6 and B12, plus what is proving to be the most efficient and cost-effective methyl donor of all, Trimethylglycine (TMG). TMG (also known as anhydrous betaine) is a naturally occurring phytonutrient found in a variety of plants and animals, with highest concentrations in beets, leafy green vegetables, and legumes. Since it can be difficult to eat enough of these foods to provide the body with sufficient methyl groups, supplementation may be necessary. Studies have demonstrated that TMG, folic acid, and B12 can reduce elevated levels of homocysteine to normal. The best methyl donor is TMG, because it has 3 methyl groups. Furthermore, after losing its methyl group, TMG becomes DMG (dimethylglycine), a well recognized energy-boosting nutrient.
Methylation and the Benefits of SAM
Methylation also increases the body’s production of S-adenosylmethionine (SAM), an important substance required in numerous reactions involving proteins, phospholipids, and nucleic acids. Because SAM is needed in neurotransmitter metabolism, it is being studied for its role in cognition and for its calming influence on the central nervous system. Researchers are also discovering that SAM may help protect the liver.
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Source Naturals is dedicated to bringing you the finest nutrients modern research has to offer, including detailed information on how they function in the human body. Compelling research reveals how TMG supports the health of blood vessels. Considering the circulatory system’s vulnerability today, this important nutritional supplement seems destined to become a mainstay in health programs of the next century.
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