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L-carnosine is naturally found in the brain, skeletal muscles, heart, and other innervated tissues and organs. It is a dipeptide made up of two amino acids, histidine and beta alanine. Discovered by a Russian chemist named Vladimiar Gulevich, L-carnosine is also found in various food sources, primarily meat, which is why vegetarians and vegans tend to have lower levels of carnosine.
However, even in those with normal levels, carnosine supplementation may help to improve brain health and support overall longevity.
L-carnosine is most popular as a pre-workout supplement. Athletes and bodybuilders use carnosine for its potential to boost power output, build muscle, and reduce muscle fatigue. Carnosine may also delay the burning sensation caused by lactic acid buildup in the muscles.
L-carnosine may have metabolic and glucose supporting properties as well as support overall brain health. Additionally, Carnosine’s potential for lipid improvement may also promote joint health.
Carnosine may also possess powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants work by neutralizing free radicals, compounds that are created during the process of oxidation. Free radicals may be harmful to your health as they can potentially cause damage to cells and mutate DNA. Carnosine may also encourage the immune system and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Some studies found that carnosine also extended the life of human cells in cultures. This suggests that the supplement may possess comprehensive anti-aging properties.
Carnosine may also show a high potential for supporting brain health. A study in 2002 conducted on children found that carnosine may significantly improve performance on communication and behavior tests. Other studies have found that carnosine may protect the brain and promote memory function.
Carnosine mainly acts as an acid buffer. It is stored in cells and released when your body experiences a drop in pH. This reduced pH can occur from excess ketone production during ketosis.
Carnosine may also act as a buffer for muscle tissues to prevent the excessive buildup of hydrogen ions. These tend to accumulate during physical exertion. Hydrogen ions can alter the pH levels in muscles, leading to muscular acidosis.
IUPAC: (2S)-2-[(3-Amino-1-oxopropyl)amino]-3-(3H-imidazol-4-yl)propanoic acid
Product includes one (1) 30g or 60g jar of L-Carnosine Powder.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
To learn more, read the L-carnosine reviews below.
I had not heard of the benefits of carnosine till ND released it. I figured I would try it and have been really impressed. First thing I notice is my skin looks healthier. I don't eat a lot of meat. So I take a half teaspoon of carnosine a day, and I feel more energized, alert, and my skin looks better. After doing some reading, it make sense why it's working. Thanks again for the good products, ND! Shelly on 21st May 2016