Because beta-alanine can be made by the body, it doesn't need to be consumed in food. It is a part of carnosine and other chemicals that can affect muscle size and performance.
People use beta-alanine for athletic performance and improving physical performance in elderly adults. It is also used for symptoms of menopause, age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Don't confuse beta-alanine with the similarly named alpha-alanine. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Athletic performance. Taking beta-alanine by mouth can somewhat improve some measures of athletic performance. But not all research agrees. It might increase the amount of exercise done but not how well it is done.
- Physical performance in elderly adults. Taking beta-alanine by mouth improves the ability to exercise and delays muscle tiredness in older adults. But it doesn't seem to help with strength training.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if beta-alanine is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
We currently have no information for BETA-ALANINE overview.
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