Potential nutritional and physiological functions of betaine in livestock.

@article{Eklund2005PotentialNA,
  title={Potential nutritional and physiological functions of betaine in livestock.},
  author={Maria Eklund and Eva Bauer and Jane Wamatu and Rainer Mosenthin},
  journal={Nutrition research reviews},
  year={2005},
  volume={18 1},
  pages={31-48}
}
The present review summarises the potential nutritional and physiological functions of betaine as a feed additive in relation to performance criteria in livestock production. Betaine, the trimethyl derivative of the amino acid glycine, is a metabolite of plant and animal tissues. In plants, betaine is particularly synthesised and accumulated as an osmoprotectant against salt and temperature stress. In animals, betaine is the product of choline oxidation or it originates from nutritional sources… CONTINUE READING

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