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All About Betaine Anhydrous and Why You Need It


We included beta anhydrous in our Rebellion formula for a reason. Not just because it seemed like a good idea. We loved the science.

Being the health nut that I am, I am always on the lookout for scientific breakthroughs that redefine the health industry. Of course, a lot of supplements out there these days are based on junk science with studies often funded by the supplement companies themselves. This is why I always do my homework before giving a supplement serious consideration. Betaine anhydrous, though, is one vitamin that gets my stamp of approval.

What Is It?

Also going by the much more tongue-twisting name trimethylglycine, betaine anhydrous is a valuable member of the B complex vitamins that assists the body in numerous day-to-day functions.


One of its main purposes is to reduce excess levels of homocysteine in the body. Homocysteine is an amino acid produced during the digestion of meat. In moderation, homocysteine is healthy for the body and aids in cellular metabolism. Too much of the amino acid, though, is believed to increase the risk for conditions like cardiovascular thrombosis and osteoporosis.

Studies have also shown that betaine anhydrous plays a key role in kidney and intestinal function maintenance.

What Else Does It Do?

Vitamins are hardly single-benefit nutrients, and betaine anhydrous is no exception. The vitamin is also an ingredient in various energy and weight loss supplements due to its thermogenic properties. Betaine anhydrous is believed to aid in fat loss by promoting oxidization of lipids and improving digestion. Furthermore, a recent study has also shown that supplementation of the vitamin helps offset fatigue during exercise.


Another study also showed that men who supplemented with betaine anhydrous experienced less lactate buildup during exercise and were able to perform more repetitions of certain exercises compared to a placebo group.

The last study is what really convinced me that betaine anhydrous has valuable use as a pre-workout formula. You know I’m all about training to absolute failure for getting the best results. If betaine anhydrous can help you get in that last rep or two, then it’s definitely a booster I want in my bodybuilding arsenal.

Give Yourself an Edge

Performance supplements of any kind should always be taken with a grain of salt. There are very few products out there that contain ingredients that have been clinically proven in independent studies. This is why I put my reputation behind Rebellion. It contains no fluff and only uses ingredients that have been verified to enhance athletic performance. Betaine anhydrous is among the ingredients because it has been proven to work.

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