Transcend Supplements Beta Alanine

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?-Alanine (or beta-alanine) is a naturally occurring beta amino acid, which is an amino acid in which the amino group is at the ?-position from the carboxylate group (i.e., two atoms away, see Figure 1). The IUPAC name for ?-alanine is 3-aminopropanoic acid. Unlike its counterpart ?-alanine, ?-alanine has no stereocenter.

?-Alanine is not used in the biosynthesis of any major proteins or enzymes. It is formed in vivo by the degradation of dihydrouracil and carnosine. It is a component of the naturally occurring peptides carnosine and anserine and also of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), which itself is a component of coenzyme A. Under normal conditions, ?-alanine is metabolizedinto acetic acid.

?-Alanine is the rate-limiting precursor of carnosine, which is to say carnosine levels are limited by the amount of available ?-alanine. Supplementation with ?-alanine has been shown to increase the concentration of carnosine in muscles, decrease fatigue in athletes and increase total muscular work done.[3][4]

Typically, studies have used supplementing strategies of multiple doses of 400 mg or 800 mg, administered at regular intervals for up to eight hours, over periods ranging from 4 to 10 weeks.[4][5] After a 10-week supplementing strategy, the reported increase in intramuscular carnosine content was an average of 80.1% (range 18 to 205%).[4]

A study conducted at Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado, compared the effects of ?-alanine to a placebo group in two sports: wrestling and American football. The subjects taking ?-alanine achieved more desirable results on all tests compared to placebo. The wrestlers, both placebo and supplement lost weight; however, the supplement group increased lean mass by 1.1 lb., while the placebo group lost lean mass (-0.98 lb). Both American football groups gained weight; however, the supplement group gained an average 2.1 lb lean mass compared to 1.1 lb for placebo [6]

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