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Old 01-18-2009, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Beta Alanine or Carnosine?

I've just recently been introduced to beta alanine (where the hell have I been? Who knows...). From what I've been reading (correct me if I'm wrong), taking beta alanine causes the BA to react with a natural chemical in the body and create carnosine. Correct?

Now my question is; would it be better to take beta alanine and let this process occur naturally, or just take a carnosine supplement? Also does anyone have any recommendations on good BA or Carnosine supplements?

I asked this same question on sherdog and all I got were smart ass answers that didn't tell me anything.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Buying Beta Alanine would be more cost efficient. Carnosine by itself is rather pricey.

But I haven't supplemented with Carnosine before so I couldn't tell you which is better.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Beta alanine is the way to go as it is cheaper and taking carnosine will just break it down into beta alanine before it is converted to carnosine in the muscle.

Anyway, I have been using beta-alanine for years... I train bjj and boxing and at my gym they have a product called Body Octane from MAN Sports that has beta alanine citrulline malate and a bunch of other endurance and performance stuff. The thing that is good about this product is that it has great doses of everything and it tells you right on the label. None of that proprietary blend bs.
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