A recent study illustrated that supplementation of beta-alanine and 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.