Betaine Anhydrous

18/Description

About

Betaine anhydrous is a chemical that occurs naturally in the body, and can also be found in foods such as beets, spinach, cereals, seafood, and wine.

Betaine anhydrous is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of high urine levels of a chemical called homocysteine (homocystinuria) in people with certain inherited disorders. High homocysteine levels are associated with heart disease, weak bones (osteoporosis), skeletal problems, and eye lens problems.

Betaine anhydrous is also used for treating high blood homocysteine levels, liver disease, depression, osteoarthritis, congestive heart failure (CHF), and obesity; for boosting the immune system; and for improving athletic performance. It is also used for preventing noncancerous tumors in the colon (colorectal adenomas).

Topically, betaine anhydrous is used as an ingredient in toothpastes to reduce the symptoms of dry mouth.

How it works

A form of betaine called betaine anhydrous helps in the metabolism of homocysteine, a chemical involved in the normal function of many different parts of the body, including blood, bones, eyes, heart, nerves, and the brain. Betaine anhydrous prevents the buildup of homocysteine seen in people who have problems with its metabolism from birth.

Effectiveness

Effective
High homocysteine levels in the urine (homocystinuria)

Taking betaine anyhydrous lowers homocysteine levels. Betaine anhydrous is FDA approved for treating this condition.

Concerns

Likely safe

Betaine anhydrous is LIKELY SAFE for most children and adults when taken by mouth appropriately. It can cause some minor side effects. These include nausea, stomach upset, and diarrhea.Betaine anhydrous is also available as a prescription drug in the U.S. Prescription betaine anhydrous is standardized, which means it contains a set dose of active chemicals.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking betaine anhydrous if you arepregnantorbreast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Betaine Anhydrous.

High cholesterol: Betaine anhydrous can increase levels of total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “good”) cholesterol in healthy people, obese people, and people with kidney failure. Using betaine might make already high cholesterol levels even higher. People with high cholesterol should use betaine anhydrous cautiously.

Interactions

No information available.

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