You Can’t Beat Beta- Alanine : But What Is It!?

Beta- alanine is an amino acid which buffers your blood, this means it acts like a sponge soaking up excess hydrogen ions which are responsible for making the blood more acidic when exercising. This usually leads to the familiar muscle burn and cramps associated with intense physical activity, so by reducing the acidity of the blood you enable more oxygen to reach the muscle, as well as improving muscle endurance. Beta-alanine is converted to Carnosine, a similar buffer to beta-alanine that helps to mop up acid protons inside the muscle.

When should you take Beta-alanine?

Take Beta- alanine for several weeks in order to reach a saturation point in the body and maximise its effects. Nitrate gels and Beet It Beet root shots can be consumed during exercise to help maximise endurance and performance.

Beta- Alanine – PowerBar Beta- Alanine, SiS Nitrate Gels and Beet it Beet Root Shots

 

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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