|Image 1: You can probably get some cheap betaine (TMG) from your local fishing (not vitamin) shop.|
It is not without reason that I underline the importance of real world performance increments against impressive figures on a (oftentimes unrealiable) lab report. What's the use of the 40% increase in testosterone supplement X has been shown to provide, when the latter simply does not translate into practical performance, let alone muscle gains?
|Figure 1: The decreases in cortisol and increases in IGF1 and GH compared to the control groups may not bee too impressive, yet they did produce statistically significant increases in two of the four measured markers of exercise performance (data calculated based on Apicella. 2011)|
|Wheat bran||360 mg|
|Lamb's quarters||332 mg|
|Table 1: Amount of TMG in common foodstuff per 100g|
With regard to the underlying mechanism of action, the author speculates that
since cortisol has been shown to inhibit GH release, specifically by blunting GH releaseIn that, Appicella refers to the results of Yan et al. (2001; incomplete reference given, article not trackable) who observed that betaine deposition in the hypothalamus of pigs increased GHRH [growth hormone releasing hormone] gene transcription and thus elevated GH secrection and speculates
in response to GHRH [and] CRH [which is the hypothalamic messenger telling your body to release cortisol] has also been shown to inhibit GH release stimulated by GHRH [and] cortisol may increase somatostatin as another point of inhibition to GH [...] [i]t could be suggested that the decrease in cortisol during the post betaine supplementation trial would decrease the
inhibitory effects to allow the increase in GH release that was observed in our study.
that the decrease in cortisol decreased somatostatin to allow the overall stimulus to thePersonally, I would be interested to see follow up studies with a) longer durations b) different dosing protocols and c) more sophisticated exercise regimens. In fact, Appicella is part of the Volek group from Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut with whom she published her results in the March issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, already and who have published similar findings on the effects of trimethylglycine on exercise performance (e.g. Lee. 2010) in the past.
anterior pituitary to be more positive and allow increased GH secretion.
Attention! There seems to be some confusion about betaine (tri-methyl-glycine, TMG) and betaine hcl, the former is the one used in the study, whereas the latter is what you would take (in smaller amounts!) if you had low stomach acid.This means you can be pretty sure that we will hear more on this remarkable N-trimethylated amino acid and its potential application as an ergogenic, soon. And where is the place you will read about these news first? Correct! Right here at the SuppVersity ;-)