N-Dimethylglycine (DMG) is a nutrient found in the cells of every plant and animal. DMG is one of nature’s ways of getting the most out of the aerobic, oxygen-consuming, mode of respiration. DMG is a natural nutrient, found in many plants and produced in the body’s higher organisms. DMG has been shown to aid in the transport of oxygen across the cell to the mitochondria, small organelles within the cell, where energy reactions take place. By making more oxygen available for aerobic respiration, DMG delays the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles and mitigates the severity of the conditions resulting from it.
DMG plays a crucial role in the respiratory cycle of the cells, transporting oxygen and serving as a potent methyl donor. A larger nutrient complex containing DMG was the subject of numerous studies in the US, Europe and the Soviet Union during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This work led to its adoption as part of the dietary regimen for Soviet athletes. In the mid-1970’s, the American biochemist Dr. Roger Kendall identified DMG as the key ingredient of previous formulas. Since then, DMG has become a favorite nutrient for amateur and professional athletes as well as many clinicians throughout the world. Research at several American universities has demonstrated DMG’s usefulness in a variety of species, including the horse.
Numerous tests performed with humans and horses have documented DMG’s oxygen transporting role and the effect it has, both on performance and on recovery time following a strenuous workout. The longer the aerobic cycle can be maintained or the more prevalent it is during the exercise, the less waste products there are to build up in the system, since aerobic respiration produces no harmful wastes. Moreover, DMG is a natural substance found in the body and has never been shown to have any deleterious metabolic activity.
DMG in the body is primarily a product of cellular action. Dietary supplementation makes additional DMG available to cells throughout the body. DMG is a water soluble nutrient and is readily absorbed, but it is constantly broken down as it is used in the mitochondria and should be fed twice daily