High Homocysteine Increases our Risk of Heart Disease, Dementia and Stroke. TMG (Betaine), Found in Beets, Can Lower It

by Nils Osmar. August 15, 2022. Medical Disclaimer

Homocysteine is a sulfur amino acid found in many animal-based foods.

As with many compounds found in food, we need some homocysteine to maintain basic health. According to this article, signs of low homocysteine include:

  • Chronic gut infections.
  • Inflammatory conditions such as endometriosis.
  • Dizziness.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Fatigue.
  • Nausea.
  • Brain fog.
  • Headaches.

Homocysteine dangers

With that said, high homocysteine can also cause health problems. According to this Cleveland Clinic article, “elevated homocysteine increases your risks for dementia, heart disease and stroke.”

Ways to lower homocysteine

  1. One way to avoid high homocysteine levels would be to decrease our consumption of meat.
  2. Another would be to increase our consumption of foods like beets, broccoli, spinach and shellfish, which are high in TMG (also known as betaine)
  3. Beets and beet greens are a particularly good source. See article.
  4. Another would be to take a TMG supplement, as described in this study: Betaine supplementation decreases plasma homocysteine in healthy adult participants: a meta-analysis

Other benefits of TMG

According to this Healthline article, “(TMG is) sometimes used to enhance athletic performance and improve heart and liver health.” See article: TMG Supplements: Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage, and More

According to Dr. Chris Masterjohn, NAD+ boosters such as NR and NMN can lower our methyl groups:

What I’m doing

  • I eat beets and beet greens once or twice a week.
  • I take a TMG supplement three times a week, along with my NAD+ boosters and sirtuin gene activators.

Cautions and caveats

  • When taking any supplement, be sure to familiarize yourself with both the potential benefits and side effects.
  • This article lists some possible side effects: TMG Supplements: Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage, and More
  • Nothing in this article is intended as, or should be taken as, medical advice.

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