Today, we will cover a most interesting and useful supplement called Trimethylglycine or TMG. TMG is a potent agent that originates from sugar beets. It is a supplement that is used to protect the body against the damaging effects of a toxic element called homocysteine.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that has been links to such major problems as cardiovascular disease and to Alzheimer’s. When homocysteine levels are elevated, other complications such as lupus, diabetes and a variety of chronic disease can occur. (Special note for cardiovascular disease — elevated homocysteine is what elevated cholesterol is reported to be; that is, most of the correlations commonly associated with cholesterol are in fact, not accurate. However, the most accurate measure of determing cardiovascular risk is the homocysteine test.)
Quick science lession. The “tri” portion of TMG means that there are 3 methyl groups on each glycine molecule. This is important because it can transfer to homocysteine and into methionine (an amino acid which assists the body in digesting proteins) and s-adenosyl-L-methionine, commonly called SAMe (a strong, natural anti-depressant.) This detox process of homocysteine requires the presence of folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12, zinc and TMG. For individuals with cardio- vascular problems, this is a solid nutritional protocol. It should be noted that taking the aforementioned is a viable protocol for most, the ideal place to begin is with the homo- cysteiene blood test. Establishing a baseline, followed by periodic testing is highly recommended.
In addition to its homocysteine lowering benefits, TMG is also known to oxygenate the cells. Thus, it is an ideal supplement for those suffering from respiratory ailments as well as endurance athletes. The former group would benefit with the addition of the herb astragalus and TMG, while the latter groups can be helped with the addition of cordyceps.