Carnosine – A Comprehensive Guide to Its Uses and Benefits

Carnosine is a molecule that buffers hydrogen ions produced during exercise. This helps muscles fight fatigue and keep their strength.

Carnosyn is one of the most studied sports nutrition ingredients – in the lab and on the field.* Studies show that consuming 3.2-6.4g of patented CarnoSyn beta-alanine per day improves peak performance in all types of athletic and training.

Increases Muscle Strength

Carnosyn is a key ingredient for many NFL players, Olympians, and top trainers. It’s a leading sports nutrition supplement backed by 55 published, peer-reviewed clinical studies.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and muscle tissue. They are naturally produced in the liver and can also be ingested through protein-rich foods like meat. Whether you’re taking the new sustained-release (SR) CarnoSyn or the classic powder form, science proves that a daily dose of 3.2-6.4 grams improves athletic performance.

Carnosyn works by increasing the amount of a compound called carnosine in your muscles. This reduces the buildup of lactic acid and delays muscle fatigue during high-intensity training, allowing you to train harder and longer. This is why Carnosyn is the best pre-workout for athletes looking to build more muscle, faster. It should be taken about 30-60 minutes before a workout. Carnosyn is most effective when used in combination with creatine, nitric oxide boosters, BCAAs/EAAs, and a carbohydrate source.

Increases Endurance

Carnosyn increases the amount of time your muscles can remain under the pump, allowing you to crush that last set of reps. It also helps you run faster, jump higher, row harder and lift heavier.

Physicochemical buffers like carnosine protect muscle fibres against local pH decline, a cause of fatigue and failure. Carnosyn increases the body’s natural ability to create these buffers, allowing athletes to train at high intensity for longer.

SR CarnoSyn is the only carnosine ingredient to achieve New Dietary Ingredient status and the Generally Recognized as Safe self-affirmation from the FDA, making it the most scientifically validated beta-alanine on the market. This means if you see the official CarnoSyn logo on the packaging of your favorite supplement, it’s guaranteed to be the real thing. More than 55 clinical studies back up its performance benefits. It’s also the only form of beta-alanine licensed under NAI’s global patent estate for use in dietary supplements, so it can’t be copied by generic imposters.

Increases Mental Focus

Carnosyn has been shown to help athletes of all types delay the onset of fatigue. This enables them to go harder and longer during their training sessions and workouts, resulting in better gains and a greater competitive edge.

Athletes who use Carnosyn are able to increase their total work capacity by as much as 14.5% in a 28-day study. This is a direct result of increasing muscle carnosine levels, and is also reported by professional rowers, HIIT athletes and more.

During a ten-week clinical trial, SR CarnoSyn improved executive functioning and mental clarity in healthy elderly adults. This may be due to its effects on glutaminergic synapses in the brain.

A turnkey private-label program provides opportunities to incorporate both instant and sustained release Carnosyn beta-alanine into a wide range of powder formulations, including pre-workout supplements, protein powders, carbohydrate drinks, gummies, chewable tablets and more. NDI and self-affirmed GRAS status offer brands the opportunity to differentiate themselves with a premium ingredient that is safe for human consumption.

Reduces Fatigue

Carnosine reduces muscle fatigue by buffering hydrogen ions produced from the breakdown of lactic acid during intense exercise. This allows muscles to keep exercising, improves strength and power, and reduces tingling or pain during exercise.

This ingredient has been clinically proven to promote cognitive function, mental acuity, focus, memory, learning, recall and supports a healthy response to everyday stress. Its strong anti-glycation properties help protect the brain. It also helps to improve hydration, which has been shown to reduce bloating and stomach issues.


SR CarnoSyn offers the fastest and most effective way to increase muscle carnosine levels, resulting in better workouts, improved endurance, delayed fatigue, reduced tingling and itching and enhanced recovery. It has 19 global patents and numerous studies that show its effectiveness compared to generic beta-alanine. Its high heat stability, solubility and long shelf life makes it ideal for a variety of formulations in pre-workouts. Its New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) and self-affirmed GRAS status make it easy to add to products with the confidence that comes from a patented, science-backed ingredient.

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