Carnosine is an amino acid with antioxidant properties that keep healthy cells protected from damage by harmful free radicals.
*It is very important not to confuse Carnosine with Carnitine. The latter is an amino acid and does not have nearly the same effects as Carnosine.
Carnosine is an amino acid that possesses the properties of a strong antioxidant that protects against free radicals. It can reduce the level of lactic acid that collects in muscle tissue, thereby reducing the amount of damage done to muscle tissue over time. Indirectly, this can influence the ability of athletes to perform more effectively.
Carnosine can be manufactured by the body to some extent through the bond that takes place during the synthesis of alanine and histidine. It may be found in many different bodily tissues including skeletal muscles, the stomach, brain and skin, among others.
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It is suggested that Carnosine be taken in servings of 500mg (a little under 1/4 tsp) three times per day, depending on intended effect.