Alanine Boosts Carnosine Levels in Rowers

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Today's Supplement Tip : Carnosine Levels

Carnosine, which is made from alanine, is an important antioxidant that protects cells from destruction and buffers acids that cause fatigue. Scientists from Ghent University in Belgium, in a sophisticated study on elite rowers, found that muscle carnosine levels were highly related to maximum rowing speed for 100, 500, 2,000 and 6,000 meters. Supplementing beta-alanine increased carnosine levels in the calf muscles by 28 to 45 percent. Alanine might boost endurance performance by increasing muscle levels of carnosine. It is a promising supplement for bodybuilders and endurance athletes. (Journal of Applied Physiology, 109: 1096-1101, 2010)

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