Beta-Alanine

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Beta-Alanine has been shown to increase carnosine (a molecule that helps to buffer acid in active muscles) which improves muscular endurance and physical performance during high-intensity exercise and delays the onset of neuromuscular fatigue meaning you will be able to train harder and longer. Read the full product description below.

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Beta-Alanine

If you’re looking to really step up your training, and indeed your physique, your health, and your fitness in general, then you may wish to consider beta-alanine supplements. Commonly used by athletes and bodybuilders to help enhance their overall athletic performance, beta-alanine is proving to be an extremely popular supplement. Here’s everything you need to know about beta-alanine.

What is Beta-Alanine?

Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid, which basically means that the body can naturally synthesize it internally, so for that reason, it does not have to come from dietary sources. However, don’t let this fool you, because although it is non-essential, experts have found that beta-alanine supplementation can provide a whole host of various health and fitness benefits. It is actually a building block for another amino acid known as carnosine, which is a dipeptide that assists with the removal and buffering of harmful byproducts in human cells, including lactic acid. Experts have found that highest concentrations of carnosine, which is created as a result of beta-alanine, will be found in both, fast, and slow-twitch muscle fibres. This is especially important because fast and slow-twitch muscle fibres can both enhance athletic performance in different ways.

How does it work?

As mentioned, one of the main reasons why bodybuilders and athletes tend to use beta-alanine, is due to the fact that it has been proven to help improve athletic performance. Studies have revealed that beta-alanine can not only help improve muscular strength, but it can also help improve muscular endurance as well, down to the fact that it increases the amount of naturally occurring carnosine in your skeletal muscles. When you exercise, beta-alanine functions as a buffer, protecting your muscles against fatigue and the effects of harmful by-products of exercise, including lactic acid, which can cause painful muscle cramps and fatigue. Unlike various other amino acids however, beta-alanine does not play a direct role in protein synthesis, but even so, it still assists the muscles as it allows them to function more efficiently and for longer, before they do begin to break down and fatigue.

What are the benefits of Beta-Alanine?

Some of the most prominent benefits of using a beta-alanine supplement include:

Enhanced exercise capacity

A very prominent benefit associated with beta-alanine, is the fact that it has been found to increase a person’s exercise capacity. In basic terms, this means that the supplement can help enable you to train harder, and for longer, thus making your workouts more effective. This is ideal because not only can it increase muscular strength, it can also increase your endurance as well, giving you the best of both worlds.

Improved weight loss

Although beta-alanine doesn’t primarily target your body fat stores, it can still help you to burn body fat and lose weight, due to the fact that it increases your endurance, energy levels, and stamina. The more energy you have, the more exercise you can do, and the more exercise you can perform, the more calories you will burn.

Increased muscle mass

Another benefit of beta-alanine supplementation is the fact that it can also help you to build muscle mass in the gym. This again, is down to the fact that it allows the muscles to work harder and for longer before they fatigue, so again, the more resistance exercises they can perform, the more muscle will be built as a result.

Reduced fatigue

There’s nothing worse than wanting to be able to exercise for longer, only to find that your body and your muscles just cannot cope, and therefore let you down. As we exercise, by-products such as lactic acid are formed, which cause muscular fatigue and painful muscle cramps. Beta-alanine however, functions as a natural buffer, so these by-products are kept at bay for longer.

Other benefits include:

  • Increased muscle mass
  • Enhanced post-workout recovery
  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Improved aerobic capacity
  • Fat loss
  • More energy
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • And more...

How and when it should be used

Beta-alanine is commonly sold in powdered form and is best consumed between meals, 3 – 4 times daily. A recommended serving size is 1.5g per serving. Simply add the powder to water, or fruit juice, shake, and consume.

Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): 6 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day.
Health Canada Recommended Dose (powder): Adults: 1 Scoop(s) 1 time(s) per day. Mix product well in 1-2 cups of liquid (water, juice, etc.) immediately before consumption.

Beta-Alanine VS L-Carnosine

As beta-alanine is converted into carnosine within the human body, many people believe that purchasing an L-Carnosine supplement is better, because in their minds, they’re cutting out the middle man. Whilst L-Carnosine supplements are indeed beneficial, to get the best results in terms of athletic performance, beta-alanine is considered to be the superior product. This is largely because L-Carnosine supplements are poorly absorbed compared to beta-alanine, so you basically don’t receive all of the benefits.

What can you stack it with?

As beta-alanine is considered to be a supplement based upon athletic performance, you can stack it with a wide range of different supplements, all based upon your goals and targets. A popular supplement to stack with beta-alanine however, is creatine monohydrate, as it too helps enhance athletic performance. Another popular supplement to stack it with is L-Glutamine, as this helps assist with athletic performance, as well as post-workout recovery. Whey protein is another firm favourite, especially amongst bodybuilders and people looking to increase their muscle mass.

Beta-Alanine Ingredients

Per Capsule

Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule):
Beta-Alanine (3-Aminopropanoic acid) .......................... 500 Milligrams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Gelatin.

Per Scoop

Medicinal Ingredients (per scoop):
Beta-Alanine (3-Aminopropanoic acid) .......................... 2 Grams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: none.

Potential side effects

As with all supplements, make sure you consult your doctor before taking any new supplement. Pregnant and breast feeding women should not consume beta-alanine, as not enough is known about the safety of the supplement. One of the most common side effects associated with beta-alanine supplementation, is a mild tingling sensation, a bit like pins and needles. Other side effects can include:

  • Slight tingling sensation in the skin
  • Mild flushing and burning of the skin
  • Slight headache and dizzy spells

Known Adverse Reactions: May cause a flushing, tingling and/or prickling sensation of the skin, in which case, reduce the dose.

Cautions and Warnings

Ensure to drink enough fluid before, during, and after exercise. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare practitioner before using this product.

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Tim H. on 06/12/2016
Calgary
Very good.
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So Far So Good
Jonathan H. on 23/11/2016
Toronto
Haven't used long enough to notice a difference. Mixes well with protein shake.
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Good price. Good product.
adam s. on 17/11/2016
Calgary, Alberta
Great price. Great product. part of my pre-workout stack. Gives me the tingles.
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A falzon
Anthony f. on 07/11/2016
Ont
Work well
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Rahul V. on 02/11/2016
PEI
The Colour was different last time I ordered. It was pale yellow. This time it was white. Works great when mixed with creatine.
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Better than last time
Tyler Y. on 29/10/2016
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Last time this was oddly colored. This time was white.
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Its cool
David B. on 27/10/2016
mtl
It is what it is.
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Beta alanine
Patrick o. on 19/10/2016
Oromocto nb
Great product works well in low dosage delivered quick great value really impressed
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Luke
Lukasz P. on 17/10/2016
Grimsby
Im only in my first 3 days but I see my energy
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Mr.
Rahul V. on 11/10/2016
PE
Good product.
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Bon produit
Marco D. on 10/10/2016
Ste-Marie qc
Bon produit livraison rapide
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Jérémie L. on 08/10/2016
Moncton
Great stuff. At the beginning, i wasn't feeling it in my fingers, but after 3-4 days i feel it. Only one scoop is enough to feel it. Mix easily and it's cheap!
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good
François B. on 05/10/2016
Laval
work good
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Beta alanine
Gael D. on 30/09/2016
Alberta
Quick shipping great product.
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Tingle
George M. on 21/09/2016
Great stuff. Need that tingle!
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Highly recommend
Derrick S. on 09/09/2016
Calgary
Getting great results for good value
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Good endurance
elric l. on 29/08/2016
Regina,sk
I had more endurance during strength training.
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Good
Mohit P. on 23/08/2016
Toronto
It's ok
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good
jp t. on 16/08/2016
ontario
is what it is.
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Really Great
Avtar M. on 14/08/2016
Edmonton, AB
Awesome product, mix it with my unflavoured natural BCAA powder and an all natural energy drink for my own natural pre-workout with a kick. The downside is the tingles, they last about 15 - 20 mins, but don't notice it too much during lifting.
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Beta alanine
Marcelo L. on 03/08/2016
Like it mixes well!!
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Good product
Alexandre G. on 03/08/2016
Mixes well. Gives the tingling effect :-)
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jim dumont
Jacques D. on 28/07/2016
montreal
Spoon is too short - have to reach right into the bag and this makes a mess.
Answer: Hi Jim, we will look into a long handle option for our supplements powders. Thank you so much for your feedback.
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Great product.
Marty A. on 26/07/2016
Nothing to complain about.
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Great
Anne M. on 21/07/2016
Guelph, Ontario
Great product, the tingling/flushing sensation only occurred for me once, the first time I took it.
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Stoked
Tyler on 26/01/2016
Victoria BC
Just ordered after finishing my first tub of c4. Do you take this stuff by it's self or mix it? How much have you guys been taking at once? 5 stars for the price!
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Good product
Donald on 14/12/2015
Sherwood Park Alberta
Like all products from Canadian Protein am very happy with this.
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Outstanding pre-workout
Joe on 29/11/2015
Thunder Bay
Excellent pre-workout. Very effective. Excellent price. Best bang for your buck. Outstanding value. 10/10
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THE BOMB.
Alexander on 10/10/2015
Welland
This is the best beta alanine ever, as I usually pay 55$ for 400g of allmax beta-alanine, vs 454 grams for 19.99, of what I consider to be more professional grade beta-alanine, Im also a fan of the blood buffer effect for post workout to help with better repair.
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Two thumbs up!
Evgeny on 26/08/2015
Calgary
Works as expected and supposed to. I have ordered this Beta-Alanine powder many times and was never disappointed. Will keep buying it from Canadian Protein in the future
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Mr.
Frank on 20/08/2015
Quebec QC
Excellent quality product at a competitive price. Beta-alanine is a must in any pre-workout stack.
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Unreal product, thank you!
adam on 26/06/2015
thunder bay, Ontario
Gives me great energy, i friggin love this stuff. Thank you guys,a nd the 2g scoop is perfect! I thought id be using a teaspoon!
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Quality product, Flavor it yourself
Alex on 16/06/2015
Calgary
High quality product but don't try to maintain any allusions that you will just drink this straight. It is unflavoured so it's bitter as hell. I usually sweeten/flavour it with a squirt of Mio or some other calorie free drink mix.
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personal trainer
MICHELE on 15/04/2015
ottawa
great service for delivery best price great product tks CP
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That extra boost
Mike on 23/02/2015
Terrace BC
Works great, gives you that extra bit to do a longer cardio on another set on the weights
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Great Price
Eric on 26/09/2014
London, ON
Just mix with juice and it tastes like juice then. Works well also.
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Never workout without this stuff!
Jason on 10/09/2014
Kingston
Trust me on this. This combined with some B12 is what leads to those tingles you are getting with your other pre workouts. You want to feel pumped and insane in the gym? Get this! You want to see results within days? Get this! No matter if you're bulking or toning I can personally say this product has put more weight and more reps onto everything I do and is a must in anybodys routine.
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High Quality
Pascal on 24/06/2013
Canada, Gatineau
i have been taking beta-alanine since a while now and i was not really having the tingling effect anymore, but right after the same serving of 3g i take pre-workout i got it back with this product. defenitly love CP product, all the one i tryed a simply pure quality!
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Tingling sensations!
Jonathan on 19/06/2013
Québec, QC
Well, this product has a very low price and it does what it is meant for: tingling sensations and improving endurance in workout. Great product!
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Great powder for endurance
Devin on 27/11/2012
Cookstown
I thought I'd try this supplement out based on recommendations from a forum. I take 1/2 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon about 15 minutes before going to the gym, in a shake stacked with other powders. Both my girlfriend and I find that this significantly improves our endurance during sprints and lifting in the 12+ rep range. Definitely recommended. However, taking a significant dose results in itchiness and can cause severe nausea, so start slow with this one!
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Legit
Anon on 29/05/2012
British Columbia
Still finding the right dosage but it was very present during my workout. The feeling reminds me of a couple 100mgs of niacin, itchy tingly. Good price and plenty of it to experiment with.
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awesome quality
tyler on 11/05/2012
Alberta
Identical to store bought beta alanine, made my ears and noise tingle so I knew it was legit. Cannot beat the price any where else either. Thanks CP
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crazy
ginoboss on 21/01/2012
Squamish British Columbia
At first I thought I got ripped of, when I first opened it it had the appearance and consistency of sugar, defiantly is not sugar though. Amazing product, start at half dose to get accustomed to the tingly feeling.
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Very good product
Fidelina on 20/01/2012
Ontario
This product was awesome endurance went up, strength went up and because i was able to push more weight and higher reps i was able to gain a bit more muscle mass in the one month i have use this product. Over all very good quality and highly recommend it for any fat loss/muscle build stack.