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DMG: Dimethylglycine

written by Marina Zacharias

DMG has long been used by athletes to improve overall performance and endurance, to enhance oxygen utilization, and to improve recovery after strenuous exercise. Nutritionally oriented physicians have been using DMG to deal with fatigue, to enhance blood sugar metabolism, to improve liver function and to strengthen the cardiovascular system.

The most exciting use of DMG arose from a study by the Medical University of South Carolina. It was reported in the "Journal of Infectious Diseases" that in a double blind clinical study, DMG increases antibody production by more than 400 % in humans. Just as important, DMG stimulates both the antibody response and cellular immunity branches of the immune system!!

The findings were later confirmed at Clemson University in a series of animal (rabbit) experiments led by a professor of microbiology. The Clemson study demonstrated that rabbits given DMG stimulated both branches of the immune system to the extent that they produced a three to five-fold increase in protective antibodies. T cell proliferation was also increased and interferon production was doubled.

DMG also acts as a detoxifying agent and antioxidant, protecting body cells from unwanted reactions caused by free radicals.

It is a form of an amino acid, extremely non-toxic, found naturally in low levels in foods like meats, seeds, and grains. It is a versatile normalizer of several physiological functions and is worthwhile considering as a nutritional supplement for any immune function problem.

Researchers have also found it to be useful in regulating blood sugar metabolism, thus it can certainly help with diabetes and hypoglycemia problems.

Very few substances stimulate both branches of the immune system and with the increased problems we are seeing with compromised immune function in our animals, this is definitely a product you want to keep in mind.