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Betaine as an Ergogenic Aid

by Debra A. Wein, MS, RD, LDN, NSCA-CPT, CSSD
NSCA Coach July 2013
Vol 2, Issue 3

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This article addresses emerging research that both supports and refutes betaine’s capacity to promote muscular adaptations.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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2. Cholewa, JM, Wyszczelska-Rokiel, M, Glowacki, R, Jakubowski, H, Matthews, T, Wood, R, Craig, SA, and Palone, V. Effects of betaine on body composition, performance, and homocysteine thiolactone. Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition 10(1): 39-51, 2013.
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4. del Favero, S, Roschel, H, Guilherme A, Ugrinowitsch, C, Tricoli, V, Costa, A, et al. Creatine but not betaine supplementation increases muscle phosphorylcreatine content and strength performance. Amino Acids 42(6): 2299-2305, 2012.
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7. Pryor, JL, Craig SA, and Thomas, S. Effect of betaine supplementation on cycling sprint performance. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 9(1): 12-19, 2012.


 
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