Beta-Alanine aka 3-aminopropanoic acid is a naturally occurring beta amino acid.
Beta-Alanine is the rate-limiting precursor of carnosine (meaning carnosine levels are limited by the amount of available beta-alanine. Beta-alanine's ability to increase intramuscular carnosine concentrations is where it derives its ergogenic properties. In one study, after 10 weeks of supplementing with beta-alanine, the increase in intramuscular carnosine was an average of 80.1%.
A lot of talk about carnosine, and we still haven't discussed what it does. Carnosine is a dipeptide, consisting of the amino acids beta-alanine and histidine.
Carnosine has a plethora of benefits:
- Carnosine can help oppose glycation - meaning it may help support against the formation of AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products). Which may help promote overall health.
- Carnosine acts as an antioxidant - carnosine has been suggested to help scavenge reactive oxygen species (ROS) Chelation agent.
- Because of its antiglycation, antioxidant, and chelation properties, carnosine has been proposed as a general health-promoting supplement.
- Has the ability to promote a beneficial muscular pH by soaking up fatigue causing hydrogen ions. This may help you train for longer durations without getting tired.
As you can see, it is definitely worth it to supplement with beta-alanine, even if your main reason for taking it isn't muscle gain.
Beta Alanine Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 1 Scoop (1g)
Serving Per Container: 300
Amount Per Serving:
Beta Alanine 1000mg
Beta Alanine Recommended Use:
As a dietary supplement, take 1 scoop (1,000 mg) 2-3 times daily.
Not for use by individuals under the age of 18 years. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Consult a physician before using this or any product if you have, or have a family history of, including but not limited to high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, heart, liver, kidney, thyroid, or psychiatric disease, phenochromacytoma, diabetes, asthma, recurrent head aches, anemia, nervousness, anxiety, depression or other psychiatric condition, peptic ulcers, Parkinson's disease, glaucoma, difficulty in urinating, prostate enlargement, or seizure disorder, or if you are using a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or any other dietary supplement, prescription drug, or over-the-counter drug containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine (ingredients found in certain allergy, asthma, cough or cold, and weight control products). Do not exceed recommended serving. Exceeding recommended serving may cause serious adverse health effects, including heart attack and stroke. Discontinue use and call a physician or licensed qualified health care professional immediately if you experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness, severe headache, shortness of breath, or other similar symptoms.
Keep out of reach of children.