Energized by the onset of summer, many people hit the gym and engage in various other exercises to improve their physique before holidays. This is why this month we continue to look at sport supplements. Our focus in May is on Beta-alanine, known by many not only for the tingling sensation it causes, but also for the great athletic results it helps to achieve.
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.
Any athlete who tried a pre-workout supplement containing Beta-alanine will know the tingling sensation it gives, profesionally called paresthesia. It’s nothing to worry about as it’s a completely harmless, natural body reaction to the effect beta-alanine has on the muscles.
Beta-alanine is ideal for anyone participating in sports that require explosive movements such as sprinting, weight training or boxing and those involved in prolonged endurance exercise. For the best results beta-alanine is often combined with Creatine – one of the most researched sports supplements, very much appreciated by all kinds of athletes.
Beta-alanine is a popular component of many pre-workouts, typically used to increase carnosine concentration in skeletal muscles. It is believed to improve athletic performance and exercise capacity by delaying the onset of fatigue and increasing total muscular work done at high intensities. Daily dose should not exceed 6g and should be divided into several servings.
Other products well known for their ability to increase physical performance are certainly the aforementioned Creatine , but also BCAA’s , which are natural energizers or Taurine, which whilst being an incredibly versatile supplement, plays a major role in performance enhancement.
*Claims for food supplements mentioned in this article are not meant for general public, but are purely for information of food supplement industry professionals. Please note that the claims are not authorised by European Food Safety Authority for use on labels or marketing materials.