Value 8.7
  • Can easily be combined with other supplements
  • Good bang for your buck
  • Betaine is supported by research to improve body composition
8.9Overall Score

If you haven’t heard of betaine, it’s an ingredient that’s catching on almost as quickly as an Australian pop star.

And the new Platinum 100% Betaine from MuscleTech’s Essential Series gives you the opportunity to buy it as a single ingredient. So here’s everything you need to know about it.

Betaine For Beast Mode?

Betaine is a naturally occurring amino acid found in a number of foods, and shown to increase strength, power, and muscle growth.

Betaine also supports healthy joint mobility and helps with liver detoxification by preventing damage from chemical insults such as liver cell death. What’s more, betaine is shown to improve overall body composition by boosting lean mass gains and fat loss.

Betaine Research

platinum betaine reviews One study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition showed weight-trained men supplementing with 1.25 grams of betaine every day for two weeks experienced an increase in squat strength compared to a placebo.[1]

Another betaine study showed subjects taking 2.5 g of betaine every day for 6 weeks experienced an increased muscle size, work capacity, and better body composition.[2]

How Should You Dose Betaine

Based on the studies above, you’re going to want to take at least 1.25 g of betaine a day. Each serving of Platinum 100% Betaine gives you 1.3 g of betaine, so it’s actually pretty to dose.

For best results, just take 2 servings a day to get the full 2.5 g that was used in the study for improving body composition.

Betaine’s Bang For Your Buck

Platinum Betaine MuscleTech Essential Series

Most online retailers are selling betaine at around $15 bucks for an 84 serving container. So even if you’re taking the full 2 serving dose, you’re getting a 42 day supply.

Overall I think Platinum 100% Betaine is a solid single ingredient supplement.It’s very affordable and can easily be combined with any other supplements you’re taking.

What’s more, it’s a well-researched compound that’s shown to boost strength, improve body composition, and enhance performance.


[1] Elaine C Lee, Carl M Maresh, William J Kraemer, Linda M Yamamoto, et. al., Ergogenic effects of betaine supplementation on strength and power performance J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2010; 7: 27. Published online Jul 19, 2010. doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-7-27

[2] Betaine improves body composition: Jason M Cholewa, Monika Wyszczelska-Rokiel, Rafal Glowacki, et. al., Effects of betaine on body composition, performance, and homocysteine thiolactone Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2013, 10:39

About The Author

Brian E. is from southern California and has worked for names like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe as a supplement expert and consultant. He currently lives in Utah and is studying marketing.

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