Aging Gracefully with Dimethylglycine (DMG) – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 136
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Antioxidants, free radicals and detoxification are terms that you have probably heard of. But, what exactly do they mean? And why is it so important to maintain them throughout our lifetime? On today’s episode we are going to be talking about the importance of maintaining these three factors for our cellular health.
The Endogenous Antioxidant, Dimethylglycine
These are antioxidants that we are born with, including CoQ10, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Glutathione for example. But there is one really important endogenous antioxidant that is oftentimes overlooked. Its role in the human body is so incredibly important. It’s called Dimethylglycine, or DMG as it is commonly called. DMG is incredibly critical when it comes to so many different aspects of our health. Our bodies use DMG pretty much every moment of every day for different metabolic pathways. It is a building block for the synthesis of things like methanine, which is needed for detoxification. DMG is also a building block for choline, which is important for the manufacturing of acetylcholine (our primary memory neurotransmitter).
We need adequate levels of Dimethylglycine for proper hormone function and for our neurotransmitters. DMG is oftentimes under utilized when it comes to our food sources, as most Americans follow a standard American diet and do not get adequate exposure to this important antioxidant. A Mediterranean Diet is the perfect example of a dietary lifestyle that would yield you that higher amount of Dimethylglycine exposure.
There are many different reasons as to why your DMG production decreases:
- Food choices
Dimethylglycine plays a critical for:
- Glutathione pathway and its synthesis
- Proper nutrient absorption
- Energy production
- Brain function
- Proper heart function
- Liver health
- Immune health and immune defenses
Back in the 1980s, a study was published in the journal of Infectious Disease, DMG’s immuno-modulating properties were evident. Researchers were able to show evidence that Dimethylglycine plays an essential role in the way that white blood cells are responding to different types of pathogens. This suggests that DMG enhances both the humeral and the cell-mediated immune system responses.
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