In an ideal world, you’d be able to train as long as you wanted and never see a decline in effort, intensity, or power.Unfortunately, the world isn’t ideal, and we each have a limit on how long our strength, power, and endurance last in a workout.Some of us have more experience and deeper energy reserves than others, which is why some of you can handle those hour plus training sessions in the gym.But, for the rest of us that don’t have superhuman stamina, wouldn’t it be great if there was a supplement that could help us last longer and stay stronger all workout long? You bet it would!Lucky for you, such an ingredient exists, and it’s one of Our Ingredients in Our AnnBer Rejuvenating Hydrolised peptide Collagen ShakeIt’s called beta-alanine, and this article explains everything you want to know about this ingredient.
WHAT IS BETA-ALANINE?
Beta-alanine is a nonessential amino acid, meaning your body can create it from other amino acids and doesn’t have to obtain it from food as it must with essential amino acids.
WHAT DOES BETA-ALANINE DO?
Your body primarily uses beta-alanine to synthesize another amino acid called carnosine, which is stored in the brain and muscles and helps reduce fatigue. Beta-alanine does this by combining with L-Histidine, one of the nine essential amino acids.
BENEFITS OF CARNOSINE
One of the main roles of carnosine in our muscles is to maintain a stable pH level, which it does by regulating acidity.
When you’re exercising, muscles contract, and as a result, more and more acid accumulates in the muscle.
This build-up of acid impairs the ability of your muscles to keep contracting, and at some point, the muscle fails to contract any more, thereby causing you to end your training set.
Carnosine serves as an acid buffer and helps counteract this acid build up, which increases the amount of work your muscles can do before they become fatigued.
Therefore, if we can increase the amount of carnosine in the muscle, we can have greater buffering capacity against acid build up and be able to train longer, thus getting bigger, better gains.
However, in order to get those increased carnosine stores, you need beta-alanine.
Without adequate amounts of the nonessential amino acid, your body can’t produce carnosine efficiently, meaning your buffering capacity is limited, and as a result, so is your endurance and stamina.
WHY NOT SUPPLEMENT WITH ONLY CARNOSINE?
At this point, you might be wondering why you would need to supplement with beta-alanine at all. If carnosine is what we’re really after, why not just supplement with carnosine?
Carnosine isn’t absorbed all that well when supplemented orally.
When it’s ingested, your body actually breaks it down into beta-alanine and histidine. Once those free form amino acids enter a muscle cell, your body then uses them to produce carnosine.
So, if you think about it, you’d essentially be supplementing with carnosine in order to get beta alanine, which would subsequently be used to produce beta-alanine.
By supplementing with beta-alanine directly, you eliminate an unnecessary step in the process and help speed things up a bit. Additionally, research has shown that supplementation with beta-alanine is incredibly effective for increasing muscle carnosine levels.
BENEFITS OF BETA-ALANINE
Greater Endurance: The major benefit beta-alanine comes from its ability to enhance your muscle endurance and stamina during training.
Numerous studies and a comprehensive meta-analysis have confirmed the ergogenic benefits of beta-alanine[3,4] noting it can lead to significant improvements in endurance when exercises last between 60-240 seconds. This makes beta-alanine a must-have supplement if you use a lot of supersets, drop sets, forced sets during your resistance-training workouts. It’s also ideal if you like to do circuit-training and/or CrossFit-style workouts.
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