Key Findings on TMG
- TMG or Betaine found in fruits and coffee is a Glycine amino-acid that is attached to 3 methyl groups (hence the name begins with”tri”).
- TMG is synthesised in the liver from Choline, in a 2 steps reaction process. Further, in a cascade of processes, TMG helps converts homocysteine into Methionine.
- Methionine further enhances the production of:
- Glutathione – Important for immune responses
- Serotonin – the deficiency of serotonin leads to various emotional disorders; and
- Melatonin – our sleep hormone
- Methionine also further helps the liver detox harmful toxic metals such as Mercury. Lipid encased metals are converted into liquids for easier elimination.
- This process of conversion of TMG to Methionine also helps protect the mitochondria, hence there is an energy boost in CFS patients who consume TMG.
How it works?
- When TMG gives up a methyl group, it leaves a compound called dimethylglycine. Dimethylglycine is considered a B-complex vitamin and has been shown to assist with speech and behavior in autistic children and adults, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to improve neurological function, and to reduce seizure activity. It can help one handle stress, improves oxygen utilization, enhances liver activity and helps optimize athletic performance.
- DMG also has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. Dimethylglycine is used to improve the immune response, to shrink tumors, and to enhance anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-tumor defenses. It has also been shown to benefit chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, respiratory disorders, alcoholism, and drug addiction.