Beta-alanine is the result of an interesting process. Carnosine enters the digestive system and is hydrolyzed into histidine and beta-alanine, which is then synthesized back into carnosine by skeletal muscle.
Beta-alanine is the precursor to the production of intra-muscular carnosine, which buffers hydrogen ions, leading to an increase in pH-necessary for the balance between production and elimination of lactic acid.
Athletes need a perfect balance between lactic acid production and lactic acid elimination. During exercise, equilibrium in the pH levels is important to prevent muscles from lactic acid imbalance and, consequently, overall slowing of movement, physical strength and intensity.
Balanced pH levels can produce longer periods of intense training at increase intensity without any drop in performance. In addition, carnosine levels significantly drop with age, reducing the production of beta-alanine.
Recent studies have clearly shown beta-alanine can be an effective supplement to boost endurance training and maximize working capacity. Athletes may see significant improvements in power, strength, endurance performance and aerobic metabolism.
Beta-alanine is the perfect supplement for triathletes or anyone challenging the human body to its limits.