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

Common Name

Dimethylglycine, Dimethylaminoacetic acid, N-methylsarcosine

How It Works

Dimethylglycine has been used to improve immune function and to manage autism and seizures, but evidenced is mixed or lacking.

Dimethylglycine (DMG) 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
    Limited studies have produced mixed results, and a recent systematic review did not find evidence of benefit with DMG for autism symptoms.
  • Epilepsy
    Single case reports describe decreased seizure frequency, but larger studies have not documented any benefit.
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    There is no scientific evidence to support this use.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    There is no scientific evidence to support this use.