A recent study illustrated that supplementation of Beta-Alanine & Creatine increased maximal power output. It concluded that increased output might be a result of improved hydrogen ion buffering by elevated carnosine concentrations. The use of beta-alanine to increase muscle carnosine offers a way to increase anaerobic exercise potential and is likely to add to the effects of creatine in some exercise settings.
First discovered in the early 1900’s, Beta-Alanine and Histidine are the two components of carnosine. Histidine is already present in large quantity within skeletal muscles, so beta-alanine acts as the rate-limiting factor in carnosine conversion. Carnosine is very effective at buffering the hydrogen ions responsible for producing lactic acid burn. Studies have shown that increasing muscle carnosine by supplementing beta-alanine may delay fatigue and improve the muscular aspects of athletic performance.
Research also indicates that Beta-Alanine increases lactate threshold, improves the ability to maintain maximal power output during high-intensity exercise, and decreases neuromuscular fatigue. By elevating carnosine level, nerves fire at a faster rate. For example, instead of one’s body operating at 80% the day after exercise, carnosine may help it perform closer to the highest possible levels. Beta-alanini is mainly useful for athletes who are constantly using the same muscles, without the ability to take a break and recover for a few days.
The effects of creatine plus beta-alanine on strength, power, body composition, and endocrine changes were examined during a 10-wk resistance-training program in collegiate football players. Results of this study demonstrate the efficacy of creatine plus beta-alanine on strength performance. Creatine plus beta-alanine supplementation appeared to have the greatest effect on lean tissue accruement and body fat composition. Kre-Alkalyn® has the benefits of regular creatine, without the associated side effects some users experience with creatine monohydrate. Creatine monohydrate has been proven through decades of research to enhance strength, endurance, and athletic performance. Some athletes, however, have noted side effects including nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, and a host of other unwanted reactions.
Kre-Alkalyn® has been referred to as a new form of creatine. However, it is actually the best form of creatine (creatine monohydrate) that has been fully stabilized. It is a new technology altogether: 100% stable creatine. Kre-Alkalyn® is processed at a higher pH level than regular creatine monohydrate.
Kre-Alkalyn® also buffers lactic acid. Accumulation of metabolic acid (H+) is recognized as a rate-limiting factor in exercise. Kre-Alkalyn®’s patented buffer system immediately neutralizes the acid in the stomach, protecting the buffered creatine from creatinine conversion. The acidity is reduced, and Kre-Alkalyn® is ready for absorption. After entering the small intestine, bicarbonate ions are secreted to further alkalinize the Kre- Alkalyn® for absorption into the blood stream. Kre-Alkalyn®’s buffering effect assists in sparing the body’s natural bicarbonate stores, prolonging muscular performance and delaying the onset of fatigue.