The headlines there yelled at us that Betaine 2500 provided recovery support, but nowhere else on that site could we find the word “recovery”, and that didn’t add up. So, we looked a bit closer into Betaine 2500 to see if there was anything else that didn’t quite add up, and this is what we found.
Even though we read that Betaine 2500 was for “recovery support” in great big letters at the top of the web page, that was the only mention of the word “recovery”: everywhere else we read, we see support for such things as hormones, muscle and even fat loss – but not a peep anywhere about recovery.
Elsewhere on that web page, we read that Betaine 2500 contained a “clinically-researched” dose of Betaine Anhydrous, and this “well-researched dosage is exactly what many clinical studies have used to demonstrate improvements in muscle growth and body composition!”
So it looks like S D Pharmaceuticals aren’t really pushing the benefits of Betaine itself here – of which there are many different ones, including “improving athletic performance” – but just the amount in each serving.
As for the other ingredients – Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin B6 – the only ingredient in any amount that would make any kind of difference is Vitamin B6, providing 63% of the Daily Value. Magnesium and Zinc provide 6% and 17% of their Daily Values respectively.
Side effects care mainly digestion problems, but zinc can create problems by interacting with other medications. Also, there are certain foods which can make absorbing zinc difficult.
Prices vary between suppliers (of which there aren’t as many as the Betaine 2500 website would have you believe).
We found one price of $54.00 reduced to $40.70 … and a Malaysian website selling Betaine 2500 for RM127 (that’s a bit less than $30.00, depending on the exchange rate). Then again, we found one website offering it for the knockdown price of $19.97, with the additional magic word “discontinued”.
The adding up of the ingredient quantities: Are we being shortchanged here, or is there 221.25 mg of a mystery ingredient they don’t want to tell us about?
The sloppy copy: OK, so they’ve covered themselves with the website disclaimer that all the information there is “solely for entertainment purposes”.
And yes, it’s quite entertaining going through it with a fine-toothed comb and finding everything else that doesn’t quite add up – as long as you’re not seriously considering buying Betaine 2500 for recovery support.
But all in all, we can’t help thinking the good folks at S D Pharmaceuticals just don’t seem to care very much about presenting their product in the most favourable light. And that makes us wonder why not. Maybe they assume that customers will just look at the pictures, ignore the text and click on the link to an online seller.
So, for all those reasons, and even though it might even provide some kind of recovery support that they’re not telling us about – maybe contained in that mystery 221.25 mg – we’re going to reject Betaine 2500.
Deep within the small print, the website tells us, quote “Do not proceed to view this Site if you are not a legal resident of the United States of America.” What the punishment is, they don’t tell us, but we guess you could call it cruel and unusual.
We reckon the website small print might be something along the lines of paying out good money – and lots of it – for a product that doesn’t live up to its description, created by a company that can’t make up its mind whether users should take one or two doses each day … how much Betaine is in that dose …and who don’t tell us what that mysterious missing 221.25 in each of those doses really is.
We’ve seen instructions elsewhere telling people to take 1 single-scoop serving a day, but the Betaine 2500 website says adults should take a serving twice a day.
Eeny, meeny, miney, mo … support recovery? Sadly, no.
We’re told it supports recovery in the headlines, but that’s the last time we see the word anywhere on the website … but in the product details we’re told Betaine 2500 provides support for healthy hormones, support for muscle growth and support for – would you believe it? – fat loss.
Could we find any support for recovery? Nope.
It depends: if you’re buying Betaine to help with heart disease, weak bones, skeletal issues and problems with eye lenses, it could possibly work.
And it might just work if you’re suffering from depression, liver disease, osteoarthritis and congestive heart failure. It certainly works to reduce the symptoms of dry mouth – that’s why they put it in toothpaste.
But as for providing the recovery support promised in the website headlines … who’s to say?
Ignore the website headlines selling us on the idea there’s 2.5 grams of Betaine in each serving: there’s only 1.25 grams. It works by preventing the buildup of homocysteine, an amino acid which can harm blood vessels and which can contribute to circulation problems, heart disease and strokes.
Betaine 2500 also contains 25 mg of Magnesium, which supports muscle function and has been suggested to counter fatigue and enhance endurance.
There’s also 2.5 mg of Zinc, which is found in the kidneys, liver, pancreas and brain. It’s used to help with a variety of issues including for eye problems, ear infections, erectile dysfunction and ADHD. It’s also used by athletes to improve strength and performance.
And finally, Betaine 2500 contains 1.25 mg of Vitamin B6, which transforms amino acids into proteins and is essential for more than 60 enzymes assisting the body with its functions.
Or maybe that’s not finally. Let’s do the math:
1250 mg of Betaine
25 mg of Magnesium
2.5 mg of Zinc
1250 mg of Vitamin B6
1278.75 mg in total – subtract that from the stated dose of 1500 mg and we’re left with a missing 221.25 mg. What could that be? Are we getting shortchanged, or is there something more sinister happening, like nearly a quarter-gram of mystery ingredient they don’t want us to know about?
Betaine and Magnesium can cause digestion problems.
Vitamin B6 can cause stomach problems and other side effects which include headaches, tingling and sleepiness.
Zinc can not only cause severe allergic reactions such as rash, hives, itching, breathing difficulties, swelling of the mouth, face lips or tongue, restlessness and dry mouth, but it can also interact with many drugs and render them less effective.
Calcium-rich or phosphorus-rich foods can make it harder for your body to absorb Zinc in the form found in Betaine 2500.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Consult a health care professional prior to use if you have any known or suspected medical conditions, and/or if you are taking any OTC or prescription medications. Store in a cool, dry place.
There are no reviews on the Betaine 2500 website and, weirdly, there are none on Amazon, our go-to site for impartial product reviews. Right now, you’ve still got the chance to be the first person to write a review, says Amazon.
However, there are many bodybuilding sites and retailer sites with reviews for Betaine 2500, and they’re mainly positive. Many of those positive reviews are by people who take it before their workouts to get the most out of them, and some of those reviews are quite happy to admit they’re taking much more than the recommended dosage.
Interestingly enough, though, many of those bodybuilding and retailer sites have exactly the same series and sequence of reviews on them, which makes us wonder just where those reviews were originally cut and pasted from.
S D Pharmaceuticals won’t give a money-back guarantee because they don’t actually sell Betaine 2500 from that website.
But there’s always the possibility that one or two of the retailers who, we’re told, sell Betaine 2500 might just have some sort of guarantee and refund option in place.
The Betaine 2500 website lists 9 online outlets, which we checked when researching prices, and found Betaine 2500 was only available from 3 of them – one of which had actually discontinued it.
There’s always Amazon, though … and you could even fill in a form on the website, get contacted by an S D Pharmaceuticals representative “as soon as possible” and become a distributor yourself.
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