What is it?
Beta Alanine is the only naturally occurring amino acid from the amino group. This amino is considered as non-proteinogenic which means it’s not used in the biosynthesis of any major proteins or enzymes. It’s formed by the degradation of dihydrouraciland and carnosine. Carnosine (beta-alanyl-L-histidine) is a dipeptide of the amino acids beta-alanine and histidine. It is highly concentrated in muscle and brain tissues. Carnosine (a lactate acid buffer) helps stabilize muscular pH by soaking up hydrogen ions (H+) that are released at an accelerated rate during exercise. Our bodies work to keep our pH in balance by utilizing various buffering systems. Buffers largely work by soaking up H+ to maintain optimal pH balance, which we need to function most effectively.
Supplementation with beta-alanine has been shown to increase the concentration of carnosine in muscles, decrease fatigue in athletes and increase total muscular work done. Other benefits include:
- Increase Muscular Strength & Power Output.
- Increases Muscle Mass
- Increase Anaerobic Endurance
- Increases Aerobic Endurance
- Delay Muscular Fatigue- Train Harder & Longer
Who benefits from it?
- Weight lifters & Bodybuilders
- High Intensity Cross Trained Athletes, Military Personal
- MMA Fighters and sport specific training that require both strength and endurance.
- Runners, Cyclists, soccer players, hockey players
- Active individuals who have reached a training plateau and are looking for something to take them to the next level.
- Men and women
How to take it?
Typically, studies have used supplementing strategies of multiple doses of 400 mg or 800 mg, administered at regular intervals for up to eight hours, over periods ranging from 4 to 10 weeks. After a 10-week supplementing strategy, the reported increase in intramuscular carnosine content was an average of 80.1% (range 18 to 205%)