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The ingredient exhibited a positive impact on cycling performance.
Research presented at the annual International Society of Sports Nutrition conference earlier this year strengthens the science behind betaine and athletic performance.
A total of 16 subjects were recruited at Ithaca College in New York and given an electrolyte beverage with placebo or 0.42% betaine (in the form of BetaPower). Four 12-second sprint tests were performed against 5.5% body weight resistance at baseline and twice following supplementation.
“We found that one week of betaine supplementation increased sprint power in untrained males and females,” said Stuart Craig, PhD, director of regulatory and scientific affairs for Danisco in North America and one of the study’s authors. “The results showed a statistically significant performance improvement in the subjects given BetaPower.”
Peak power, average mean power, and maximum mean power for all subjects on betaine increased compared to baseline and placebo scores. The results were published at the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Betaine is a nutrient found in high amounts in foods like wheat, spinach, beets, and shellfish.
BetaPower betaine is highly soluble and can work in a variety of applications, including beverages, gels, sports bars, nutrition bars, and drink mixes.