The Additional Health Benefits of Beta-Alanine

It is well documented that supplementation of Beta-Alanine can result in the following;

  • Increase muscular strength and power output
  • Boosts muscular anaerobic endurance
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Increases aerobic endurance
  • Delay Muscular Fatigue – train harder & longer

Beta-Alanine also has additional health benefits that stem from the fact that it boosts the synthesis of a bi-peptide called Carnosine. Carnosine has clear beneficial properties to athletes, as explained in this article on our website – http://www.predatornutrition.com/content/beta-alanine-supplementation-explained.

However, carnosine has also been found to have anti-aging and perhaps anti-cancer properties. In terms of anti-aging, carnosine opposes the Glycation process. Glycation leads to increases in AGEs, which are compounds that speed up the aging process. AGEs affect almost every type of cell and molecule in the body and are widely thought to be one factor in aging and age-related diseases.

AGEs cause this detriment by attaching themselves to amino acids in tissues and result in formations that the body is unable to deal with. As this process develops over time, organ function will decrease. Therefore, because carnosine has been found to oppose the process of glycation (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20952637), it can increase longevity! And for anyone worried about getting wrinkles – products that contain carnosine are used in topical application to reduce skin wrinkles.

It was also found that carnosine has anti-cancer properties, as was found in an animal study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053283). However, further investigation is required to determine whether it could be administered for anti-cancer therapy in humans.

The latest beta-alanine studies have created a lot of interest and we’re eagerly awaiting future studies on this exciting compound.

© 2012, Reggie Johal. All rights reserved.

About Reggie Johal

Reggie Johal is a former Great Britain American Football player and the founder of Predator Nutrition. He has a strong background in strength and fitness coaching with articles published in Flex and other leading online and print magazines.

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