Beta-Alanine - Glossary


A non-protein amino acid that’s a precursor to carnosine (beta-alanyl-l-histidine).  Carnosine is a dipeptide that’s highly concentrated in muscle tissue.  It has antioxidant effects, and acts to buffer hydrogen ions produced during exercise, thus delaying muscle fatigue.  Beta-alanine is marketed primarily as a bodybuilding, performance enhancing-supplement.  See Paul’s review of H+Blocker, for more information.

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Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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