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Carnosine vs Beta Alanine

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 14, 2011 at 7:02 PM

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 November 01, 2012
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Maybe because of the pubmed article I linked, above. I just started to take beta-alanine as well because of the same concerns as you're expressing.

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:02 PM

I started switching over to it, and so far, while I don't have a way of seeing any changes at a biological level, I don't notice any negative effects in performance or activity levels. The tingling was a bit of a surprise, but not an issue. I guess, I can use that to tell that it's doing something. The main thing for me is that most of the carnosine doesn't get absorbed via digestion, so why would I want to supplement with it, when this actually works and is far less expensive. :)

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on January 05, 2012
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I take beta alanine daily. Started when I was lifting but I keep it up because it is supposed to have good overall performance-improving effects. I barely get the tingle anymore but in the first month or so of regular usage expect to feel the tingle when you take it. I take NOW Sports Beta Alanine that I order off amazon. Pure powder that I mix into hot water (along with creatine).

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3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

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

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:02 PM

I started switching over to it, and so far, while I don't have a way of seeing any changes at a biological level, I don't notice any negative effects in performance or activity levels. The tingling was a bit of a surprise, but not an issue. I guess, I can use that to tell that it's doing something. The main thing for me is that most of the carnosine doesn't get absorbed via digestion, so why would I want to supplement with it, when this actually works and is far less expensive. :)

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on November 01, 2012
at 01:08 PM

Maybe because of the pubmed article I linked, above. I just started to take beta-alanine as well because of the same concerns as you're expressing.

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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.

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