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Beta-Alanine
Product details

beta-Alanine [107-95-9]

Name

beta-Alanine

Synonyms

beta-Alanine; 3-Aminopropanoic acid

Molecular Formula

C3H7NO2

Molecular Weight

89.09

CAS Registry Number

107-95-9

EINECS

203-536-5

FEMA

3252

Melting point

197-202 ºC

Decomposition

204-206 ºC

 

What's Beta-Alanine?

Beta-alanine is a modified version of the amino acid alanine.

Beta-alanine has been shown to enhance muscular endurance. Many people report being able to perform one or two additional reps in the gym when training in sets of 8–15 repetitions. Beta-alanine supplementation can also improve moderate- to high-intensity cardiovascular exercise performance, like rowing or sprinting.

When beta-alanine is ingested, it turns into the molecule carnosine, which acts as an acid buffer in the body. Carnosine is stored in cells and released in response to drops in pH. Increased stores of carnosine can protect against diet-induced drops in pH (which might occur from ketone production in ketosis, for example), as well as offer protection from exercise-induced lactic acid production.

Large doses of beta-alanine may cause a tingling feeling called paresthesia. It is a harmless side effect.

 

HOW BETA-ALANINE WORKS IN THE BODY?

Looking more specifically at what beta-alanine does in the body, we need to dig a bit more into its connection with carnosine. It is through beta-alanine's direct effect that carnosine really exerts its influence, so that is really the key to understanding this supplement.

Carnosine can be found in both the two different muscle types in the body, but has higher concentration in the type two fibers, which are going to be more directed towards maximum strength and intensity exercises.

When high intensity exercise takes place though, our body begins to accumulate a large amount of hydrogen ions, which then causes the body to take on a more acid state. It's also this increase in hydrogen ions that will cause the lactic acid build-up in the body, which then will cause feelings of fatigue while exercising and may eventually cause exercise to cease entirely.

If you're getting a large build-up of lactic acid in most of the workouts you're doing, this will be a limiting factor of your overall performance and over time, will definitely impact how quickly you see results.

Carnosine, when present in the body though, will work as an intracellular buffer, helping to stabilize the muscular pH and also soak up any additional hydrogen ions that are released while the exercise is taking place.

The more carnosine that's present in your system then, the less chances you're going to suffer from high lactic acid levels.

It is the supplementation of beta-alanine that will effectively boost your carnosine levels in the body, with greatest increases seen after twelve straight weeks of use.

Because of the fact that you cannot take carnosine straight by itself, choosing to supplement with beta-alanine instead is the best course of action.

 

Who can benefit from beta-alanine?

1. Weight lifters & Bodybuilders

2. High Intensity Cross Trained Athletes, Military Personal

3. MMA Fighters and sport specific training that require both strength and endurance.

4. Runners, Cyclists, soccer players, hockey players

5. Active individuals who have reached a training plateau and are looking for something to take them to the next level.

6. Men and women