Dimethylglycine
Dimethylglycine
This information describes the common uses of Dimethylglycine, how it works, and its possible side effects.

Common Name

N,N-Dimethylglycine, (dimethylamino)acetic acid, N-methylsarcosine

How It Works

Dimethylglycine has not been used to treat cancer in humans.

Dimethylglycine is an amino acid found naturally in plant and animal cells and in many foods such as beans, cereal grains, and liver. It is used to improve energy, boost the immune system and to manage seizures and autism. There are some positive reports of DMG efficacy on the immune system. However, none of these claims have been confirmed in clinical trials.

Purported Uses

  • Athletic-performance enhancer
    There is no scientific evidence to support this use.
  • Immunostimulant
    There is conflicting data about the efficacy of dimethylglycine in boosting the immune system.
  • Autism
    Previous studies produced mixed results. Large scale clinical trials are needed.
  • Epilepsy
    Single case reports describe decreased seizure frequency but larger studies have not documented any benefit.
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder
    There is no scientific evidence to support this use.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    There is no scientific evidence to support this use.