Reflex Beta Alanine
Beta-alanine is technically a non-essential beta-amino acid, but it has quickly become anything but non-essential in the worlds of performance nutrition and bodybuilding.
Beta alanine is a non-essential amino acid which occurs naturally in the body and is found in many sources of meat and fish in the diet it cannot be made/synthesized by the body.
Its role is to promote high intramuscular concentrations of carnosine, a small molecule composed of the amino acids histidine and alanine. Carnosine acts as a buffering agent, helping maintain an optimal muscle pH range, thus delaying the onset of muscular failure.
Carnosine is a bond of beta alanine and histidine which is highly concentrated in muscle and brain tissue. During high intensity exercise, lactate acid and hydrogen ions are produced which cause a drop in pH in the working muscle (the burn). Carnosine is pH buffer allowing normal working pH to be sustained for longer, allowing intensity to be sustained for longer.
Most effective for supporting exercise lasting longer than 60 seconds.
What is Beta Alanine?
Beta Alanine is a pure amino acid supplement in powder form.
About 35% of muscle protein is comprised of BCAAs, so it is important to have enough available in your body when you are trying to gain and/or maintain muscle. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein which contributes to a growth in and the maintenance of muscle mass.
Beta-alanine occurs naturally in the body and is found in many sources of meat and fish but cannot be made by the body itself, instead it is a by-product of other reactions in the body. Beta Alanine is essential in the body’s production of carnosine which buffers lactic acid.
Who is it for?
Anyone who is looking to increase carnosine levels within the body. Beta Alanine is also suitable for vegetarians.