What is Beta-Alanine and why do you need it?

What is Beta-Alanine and why do you need it?

Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid. This means it CAN be made by the body; therefore, it doesn’t have to be consumed by means of food or supplements. Then why do we take Beta-alanine supplements? It has been shown that Beta-alanine is used for improving athletic performance and exercise capacity, building lean muscle mass, and improving physical functioning in the elderly. Therefore, supplementing Beta-alanine is a great idea if you are an athlete or someone wanting to prolong physical function (elderly or not) to make sure you are getting adequate/optimal amounts.

So to get technical for a second…

“When consumed as a dietary supplement, beta-alanine passes from the bloodstream into skeletal muscle via a beta-alanine and taurine transporter that's dependent upon both sodium and chloride availability. Once it enters a skeletal muscle cell, it binds with the essential amino acid L-histidine to form the dipeptide carnosine…carnosine is found in high concentrations of contracting muscle tissue, and is also found in the heart, brain, and many other parts of the body. Carnosine is used to prevent aging and for preventing or treating complications of diabetes such as nerve damage, eye disorders (cataracts), and kidney problems." Hence importance for the elderly to consume.

Take home message:

By supplementing with Beta-alanine and making sure there are adequate amounts within our bodies, this will ‘potentially’ help ensure that our carnosine levels will remain high; therefore, increasing performance and preventing certain problems and issues of aging. 

Other Noteworthy Benefits/Considerations:

  • It has a long clearance time… meaning once your body’s concentration of Beta-alanine reaches adequate amounts, it can take up to 2 weeks for clearance.
  • It seems to have an acute stimulant response. Hence, why so many pre-workouts include Beta-alanine in the ingredient profile
  • Beta-alanine seems most effective for supporting exercise lasting longer than 60 seconds, making it a great supplement for anyone training with a high volume workload.

Side effects:

Side effects have not been reported with moderate to high doses of beta-alanine. High doses can cause flushing and tingling.

Recommended dose: 

3.2g is the recommended dose for beta-alanine, the exact dose found in EON Athletics CREATION. 

 

Overall- it has been shown to be the most consistently effective performance-enhancing supplement to hit the sports nutrition market since creatine. Beta-alanine is an ingredient that seems to be strongly recommended for athletes everywhere so if you’re looking to add something to your repertoire, it looks like Beta-alanine is the one for you. If you're already using CREATION, then you're already covered! If your not, pick yours up at EONAthletics.com!