So I've been taking Carnosine for quite some time now, having seen references in various places about it before going paleo, even to the point of it getting rid of cataracts (CanC eye drops and such).
But as I read around the net about Beta Alanine I see that it's a precusor to Carnosine, and better yet, unlike Carnosine which isn't as readily absorbed, Beta-Alanine can be taken in greater amounts.
Anyone have knowledge of this? Which is better, what's a decent dose of the stuff? How much do we get from actual meat and is it destroyed via cooking? Can I ditch these pills, or is it worth to switch to Beta Alanine?
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on January 05, 2012
at 02:15 AM
I've been taking 2 grams of carnosine a day for about 6 years and while it's totally unnatural ingesting that amount and overriding the natural carnosinase enzymatic breakdown I'm willing to see how it plays out... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15474517
on December 14, 2011
at 10:13 PM
The only thing I know Beta Alanine on is for exercise. It converts to carnosine in the muscles and buffers the ph changes from exercise so you can work out longer. The reason for Beta Alanine is that Carnosine gets broken down pretty fast in digestion (to Beta Alanine and Histidine), and maybe 42% actually gets through as Beta Alanine. My recollection is that they did 6.4 gram doses in the research, and boosted intramuscular carnosine 40%+ by 4 weeks.