Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid used by muscle cells to synthesize carnosine. Carnosine is a dipeptide (beta alanine + histidine) that acts as a buffer to neutralize hydrogen ions produced during strenuous exercise, helping to maintain optimum muscle pH.
Clinical studies have shown that Beta-alanine supplements can increase the level of carnosine and delay muscle fatigue.
Carnosine has important physiological functions as an important antioxidant. Regarding exercise, the increase in the concentration of carnosine is very relevant, taking into account that it improves the sensitivity to calcium in muscle fibers and is also used in the muscle cell as a buffer to control intracellular pH.
As it has been shown in several studies, the accumulation of acid in muscles contributes to fatigue, resulting in less effective training and less muscle building.
Supplementation with Beta-alanine has been shown to significantly elevate carnosine levels in both type I and type II human muscle fibres. This provides the rationale for the ergogenic role of Beta-alanine supplementation on exercise that induces H+ formation and muscle acidosis.
1. Improves muscle performance
2. Delays muscle fatigue
3. Improves the balance of pH in muscles
4. Increases sensitivity to calcium in muscle fibers
Athletes who practice lactic anaerobic efforts, by favoring the prevention of muscular acidosis.
Athletes who practice sports of strength.
Fitness people whose purpose is to increase lean muscle mass.