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What is Carnosyn?

Posted by MRI Performance on Mar 19th 2020

CarnoSyn® (Beta Alanine) enhances athletic performance and exercise capacity helping you build more lean muscle mass during training.*

Ahhh, beta-alanine, just saying it gives you the tingles. Actually, taking it gives you tingles. Also called paresthesia, it is the tingling, prickling or fleeting numbness you feel on your skin. Don’t worry, it’s harmless.

Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid, and has to be obtained through the diet. As we discussed before, many amino acids are more powerful when paired with other amino acids or minerals because of the new compound they form or the process their synergistic pairing ignites.

Beta-Alanine + Histidine= Carnosine

When beta-alanine is taken with histidine it is converted into Carnosine. Carnosine is a lactic-acid buffer. After carnosine is created, it is stored in cells to respond to changes in pH levels in the muscles.

Build-up of acid in the muscles can diminish endurance and stamina, and make recovery more painful.

You’ve heard it before when you tell someone you’re sore after working out-“oh, it’s the build-up of lactic acid.” Carnosine blocks the process of glycolysis which is responsible for the production of that pain-causing lactic acid.

Beta-Alanine Promotes Concentrated Carnosine Storage

Having carnosine stored in the muscle to respond to acidic situations during high-intensity exercise like weightlifting can improve endurance, pH levels and overall recovery and results.

While carnosine is the byproduct of the pairing of the amino acids histidine and beta-alanine, beta-alanine should not be replaced by taking carnosine instead of beta-alanine and histidine.

The muscle cannot perform carnosine uptake directly because it is broken down in the gastrointestinal tract and wasted. Beta-alanine is taken directly by the muscle and when paired with histidine, then creates the carnosine you so desperately need—but bypasses the digestion process since it’s made after the fact.

Get the Right Combo of Beta-Alanine and Histidine so You Can Get Results

It is recommended to take 2-5 grams of beta-alanine per day to reap the benefits. If you are not a fan of the tingling skin, taking small amounts throughout the day is a great approach, especially because the benefits of beta-alanine are not time-sensitive. The most important step you can take to reap the benefits of beta-alanine is picking a supplement that combines it with histidine so you can produce carnosine and results.