Beta-Alanine Supplements May Enhance Workouts
Findings from a recent study that is said to be the first of its kind suggest that taking a daily supplement of beta-alanine may boost workout performance in both highly trained and recreationally active non-trained people.
Participants in the study included 40 trained and untrained men. Over the course of four weeks, half of the untrained men and half of the trained men were given 6.4 grams daily of beta-alanine. The rest of the participants were given a placebo.
All of the participants underwent high-intensity cycling training at the onset and the conclusion of the study.
The researchers found that both the trained and non-trained men had improvements in performance of approximately 3%. In contrast, the non-trained men who took the placebo actually had reductions in performance, while no change was observed in the trained/placebo group.
Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on February 6, 2014, in Amino Acids.
Beta-alanine is an amino acid that has been found in previous studies to help build lean muscle mass, improve physical function, and improve physical function in the elderly. It can primarily be found in meats but the most effective way to consume beta-alanine is in a supplement form.