InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Researchers have come a long way since the original discovery of the very unique amino acid carnosine. L-carnosine has long been known for helping with muscle recovery and energy production within the muscles. We are now seeing why this amino acid is so important to our overall health and wellness.†
What is L-carnosine?
L-carnosine is a dipeptide made up of beta alanine and L-histidine. Recent research has found high levels of this amino acid in neurons, showing that this nutrient may be important for the nervous system and brain. We find carnosine throughout the body wherever there are high energy demands, including the heart, brain and skeletal muscles. It helps support the metabolic demand and energy production within those regions.†
We also now recognize that this nutrient plays a role in the aging process. As carnosine levels begin to diminish, we start to see an acceleration of aging. We can see that the shortening of telomeres is associated with low levels of carnosine in the body. This can cause things to go haywire.†
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Initial studies on L-carnosine looked at the role of the nutrient in skeletal muscle. It is integral to muscle recovery, so it is helpful after exercise, for example. But we also know that it seems to exert this multimodal activity, including being very important when it comes to targeting free radicals. It has its own antioxidant capabilities. It is very beneficial when it comes to easing inflammation.†
Supplementing with this nutrient
If we can supplement with L-carnosine and put this nutrient back into our body, we are actually helping to protect our telomeres, which are the end-caps of our cellular DNA.†
We have our L-Carnosine Plus HxⓇ formulation, which is this powerful dipeptide that people can utilize for a variety of reasons. For people who are seeing early signs of the kidneys beginning to slow down, then taking carnosine can be advantageous for its antioxidant properties, as well as its ability to help with glycation. This can also be the case when it comes to diabetic neuropathy. There is so much research continuing to come out about how the antioxidants derived from carnosine can do so much to support the health of the brain, as well as the muscles.†
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In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the important role the amino acid carnosine plays within the body. She details research on the nutrient and discusses its function within the muscles, heart and brain.†
- The history of L-carnosine
- The role this nutrient plays in chronic disease states
- Studies on this unique dipeptide
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