Beta Alanine – for boosting muscle carnosine levels and performance
Beta-Alanine is known as a rate limiting amino acid, which essentially means it controls the amount of a secondary product that exists in the human body.
In this instance, the amino acid, or more specifically the di-peptide (meaning 2 amino acids bound together to make 1) is known as Carnosine. Carnosine is responsible for the buffering of Hydrogen, which is an accumulative toxin that rises as a result of high-intensity exercise and causes fatigue.
In essence, if you have more intramuscular Carnosine, you can clear lactic acid faster and workout at a high intensity.
So why is Beta-Alanine so important if Carnosine is the thing we are trying to effect?
Well, as mentioned above, Beta-Alanine is the sole controlling amino acid responsible for the levels of intramuscular Carnosine available. What this means is, that unless you supplement with Beta-Alanine, you cannot increase Carnosine levels.
Don’t worry, we hear you… Yes, if you see a product with Carnosine in it or Histidine (the 2nd amino acid in Carnosine) that claims it removes lactic acid, run… run straight for the hills.
Better yet, run over to the ATP page and grab your Beta-Alanine from us, as Beta-Alanine is the only ingredient that can do what it claims in regards to lactic acid removal.
Supplementing with Beta-Alanine daily has been clinically proven to improve workout intensity, reduce time trial times in endurance athletes and improve repeat bout efforts in high-intensity exercise.
Beta-Alanine allows you to train harder, for longer!
Aim for 3.2g daily as this is the clinical dosage, but be aware, Beta-Alanine is known for causing a reaction known as paraesthesia, which despite sounding scary, simply means your skin will feel a little tingly or itchy for a short period of time.
It’s normal… don’t worry about it.
For those looking to maximise performance for a specific event, supplement for a minimum of 14 days prior is recommended.
For best results take 1.2 grams with 50ml of water before, during or directly after training. ATP Science's Beta Alanine is freely soluble in water.