Betaine (also known as glycine betaine) is a substance originally found in sugar beets. It is very useful in preventing calf scours and calf pneumonia. Betaine is also used for maintaining the nutritional value of organic feed.
Natural Betaine supports intestinal function and supports the production of new cells. When choline, folate, and vitamins B6 and B12 are present, the benefits of betaine are enhanced.
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Betaine is a source of hydrochloric acid for the body (stomach acid). This acid has a low pH and can kill a number of microorganisms and bacteria that may be ingested. It occurs naturally in the stomach, where it breaks down protein and fat and aids digestion.
You can often find betaine in products that contain creatine and its precursor glucosamine. The inclusion of betaine in this mixture supports the production of creatine and inhibits the production of homocysteine.
Be careful not to confuse synthetic betaine HCL and betaine anhydrous. Synthetic betaine is a form of hydrochloric acid. Animals whose stomachs don't produce enough stomach acid may be given Synthetic betaine in a feed.
It can replace natural stomach acid which breaks down fats and proteins and helps absorb nutrients into the bloodstream of the calves.
If animals have digestive problems due to low levels of betaine and stomach acid, consider taking natural betaine, which is quite acidic. Can be used in limited quantities in, the short term to manage acid deficiency. However, using too much for too long can be dangerous. In fact, excessive use of betaine HCL can cause low productivity.