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About CarnoSyn

About CarnoSyn®

How does CarnoSyn® beta-alanine work?

CarnoSyn® combines with the amino acid histidine to form another amino acid called carnosine. Over time, carnosine acts as a buffer to help delay the onset of lactic acid and muscle fatigue and failure, while building endurance and improving recovery. Supplementation with CarnoSyn® beta-alanine at the right dosages has been shown by more than 55 independent scientific studies to boost athletic performance. Carnosine has also been proven to support cognitive function and over all systemic function.

What’s the difference between CarnoSyn® and generic beta-alanine?

Many years and millions of dollars have been invested in scientific research and stringent quality control, leading CarnoSyn® to become the only beta-alanine that has successfully obtained New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) status with the FDA and that has also achieved Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) self-affirmation. Containing ZERO banned substances, you’ll always know where your ingredients come from—and that they’re safe and effective —with CarnoSyn®.

What is CarnoSyn® beta-alanine derived from?

Beta-alanine is naturally found in poultry, meat and seafood. However, the concentrations found in food are too low to effectively increase carnosine levels. CarnoSyn® is derived from a synthetic material and is exclusively sourced through certified manufacturers. These manufacturers operate under strict quality controls, are regularly audited and each batch undergoes extensive scientific testing to prove its efficacy and potency.

What is the efficacious dosage for CarnoSyn®?

To achieve performance results shown in the latest scientific studies, it is strongly recommended that you consume a daily dose of 3.2g – 6.4g of beta-alanine per day for at least 28 days.

Do I stop taking CarnoSyn® after the 28-day loading period?

You do not need to stop loading after 28 days, this is the loading period required to experience all the benefits CarnoSyn® can offer. After the loading period, CarnoSyn® should be taken every day to maintain the appropriate levels of carnosine in the body.

What is NDI status and what does it mean?

In 2019, CarnoSyn® beta-alanine established New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) status. Becoming an NDI ingredient reaffirms our commitment to deliver the highest-quality solutions to athletes and brand partners, and further distinguishes CarnoSyn® from generic forms of beta-alanine with questionable quality and effectiveness.

What is GRAS and what does it mean?

Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)-status means that CarnoSyn® is considered a safe and effective ingredient. All food ingredients must have GRAS or self-affirmed GRAS status. To hold GRAS status enables CarnoSyn® beta-alanine to be used in food products like RTDs, bars & protein mixes.

Does CarnoSyn® beta-alanine contain any banned substances?

CarnoSyn® is not a banned substance and is not listed by any of the following authorities for banned substances: NFLPA, NCAA, MLB, WADA and IOC.

Where can I purchase CarnoSyn® for personal use?

Please visit our Find It Page to browse the list of CarnoSyn®-verified brand partners, where you can purchase CarnoSyn® directly.

Who distributes CarnoSyn®?

Natural Alternatives International (NAI) is the sole distributor for all countries except Japan. Shimizu Chemical Corporation is the authorized distributor for Japan.

What is the difference between Carnosine & CarnoSyn®?

CarnoSyn® is the trademark name of beta-alanine. Carnosine is a dipeptide molecule, made up of the amino acids beta-alanine and histidine.

Why is ingesting carnosine directly ineffective?

Ingested carnosine breaks down in the body into beta-alanine and histidine on absorption from the gut and only micro amounts of beta-alanine are found in the blood stream. Research has shown that enough histidine is naturally present in the body to meet the demands of muscles for synthesis of carnosine, and that the limiting factor is beta-alanine. Beta-alanine supplementation augments the small amounts available from (1) synthesis in the liver, and (2) from the ingestion of meat and fish. Supplemental beta-alanine combines with the naturally occurring histidine to increase the levels of carnosine.

How does natural aging impact muscle carnosine levels?

As muscle mass decreases with age, so too do muscle carnosine levels. CarnoSyn® beta-alanine supports increased muscle mass, which can help maintain higher levels of muscle carnosine in our aging population.

Why do vegetarians need to supplement muscle carnosine?

Most individuals do not consume enough beta-alanine in their diets to increase athletic performance. And, because beta-alanine is most often found in meat sources, vegetarian athletes can have an even greater need to supplement beta-alanine levels. The synthesis of beta-alanine in the liver, the only source available to vegetarians, is very low in humans and can only maintain low levels of muscle carnosine.

About SR CarnoSyn

About SR CarnoSyn®

What is the difference between SR CarnoSyn® and CarnoSyn®?

The CarnoSyn® brand features two ingredients: CarnoSyn® instant release beta-alanine and SR CarnoSyn® sustained release beta-alanine. Both ingredients deliver the same benefits for athletic performance: increased strength, enhanced endurance, faster recovery, and greater focus. Sustained release SR CarnoSyn® is an advanced delivery form of CarnoSyn®, which delivers higher dosing levels of beta-alanine. SR CarnoSyn® results in a sustained release beta-alanine that stays in the body longer for carnosine synthesis. The net effect is higher muscle retention of carnosine, facilitating better, faster, muscle-building results.

How does the sustained-release technology work in SR CarnoSyn®?

SR CarnoSyn® is formulated using a patented and proprietary microencapsulation process—utilizing a precise spray rate, temperature, pH and flow time to coat each CarnoSyn® beta-alanine crystalline particle. This proprietary process provides a sustained release profile that delivers beta-alanine over multiple hours for maximized absorption and retention in muscle tissues.

I’m using CarnoSyn®, why should I upgrade to SR CarnoSyn®?

SR CarnoSyn® sustained release beta-alanine is a superior delivery system of CarnoSyn® beta-alanine. Muscle cells can only absorb a fixed amount of beta-alanine in a short period; thus, when taking instant release beta-alanine the remaining beta-alanine is metabolized and/or excreted from the body. SR CarnoSyn® prolongs the supply of beta-alanine, therefore maximizing absorption and retention in muscle tissue, and it enables higher dosing with minimal to no paresthesia, improving peak performance.

Does SR CarnoSyn® eliminate paresthesia?

SR CarnoSyn® features a sustained release profile designed to buffer paresthesia associated with instant release beta-alanine. Sensitivity may vary depending upon the individual and the dosage amount and the variety of food intake prior to supplementing with SR CarnoSyn®.

What is the efficacious dosage for SR CarnoSyn®?

To achieve performance results shown in the latest scientific studies, it is strongly recommended that you consume a daily dose of 3.2g – 6.4g of beta-alanine per day for at least 28 days.

Do I stop taking SR CarnoSyn® after the 28-day loading period?

You do not need to stop loading after 28 days, this is the loading period required to experience all the benefits SR CarnoSyn® can offer. After the loading period, SR CarnoSyn® should be taken every day to maintain the appropriate levels of carnosine in the body.

Is SR CarnoSyn® suitable vegans & vegetarians?

SR CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is suitable for both vegans & vegetarians. In fact, vegetarians need to supplement muscle carnosine because beta-alanine is most often found in meat sources, vegetarian athletes can have an even greater need to supplement beta-alanine levels. The synthesis of beta-alanine in the liver, the only source available to vegans, is very low in humans and can only maintain low levels of muscle carnosine.

Where can I purchase SR CarnoSyn® for personal use?

Please visit our Find It page to browse the list of CarnoSyn®-verified brand partners, where you can purchase SR CarnoSyn® directly.

Formulating with CarnoSyn

Formulating with CarnoSyn®

Is CarnoSyn® beta-alanine easy to formulate with?

Yes. CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is tasteless, odorless, soluble in water, stable and only slightly hygroscopic.

What dosage forms can CarnoSyn® beta-alanine be used in?

CarnoSyn® beta-alanine can be used in powders, tablets, capsules, stick packets, chewables/lozenges, and more.

Is CarnoSyn® beta-alanine hygroscopic?

CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is a free-flowing powder that is slightly hygroscopic.

What is the particle size?

CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is naturally granular.

How does CarnoSyn® beta-alanine taste?

CarnoSyn® beta-alanine has a neutral taste that works well with a variety of flavorings.

Is CarnoSyn® beta-alanine soluble in water?

Yes. Up to 55 grams of CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is soluble in 100ml of water.

What is paresthesia?

Paresthesia is a harmless tingling sensation that many people feel after ingesting instant release CarnoSyn® beta-alanine. As the paresthesia threshold varies from person to person the level of tingling experienced may vary.

Is CarnoSyn® beta-alanine stable?

Yes. CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is stable. It has a 3-year shelf life in powder form in its original containers.

Where is CarnoSyn® manufactured?

CarnoSyn® is manufactured at FDA registered facilities, under a stringent quality control process which complies with current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the FDA, and various other national and international agencies—to be both safe and effective—containing ZERO banned substances.

Is this material Non-GMO?

CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is Non-GMO.

Does this material have any allergens?

CarnoSyn® is free of major allergens.

What is the shelf life and recommended storage conditions?

CarnoSyn® has a three-year shelf life as long as it is tightly sealed and stored in a cool and dry location.

Formulating with SR CarnoSyn

Formulating with SR CarnoSyn®

What applications are suitable for SR CarnoSyn® powder?

SR CarnoSyn® powder is suitable for use in dry dosage formulations – powders, tablets, capsules, confectionaries, RTMs, and stick packets.

What are SR CarnoSyn® powder’s organoleptic properties?

SR CarnoSyn® powder is odorless and has a neutral taste in formulations.

Is SR CarnoSyn® powder soluble in water?

SR CarnoSyn®’s microencapsulation technology ensures sustained release and slowed dissolution. SR CarnoSyn® microencapsulated particles suspend in liquid upon mixing.

Is SR CarnoSyn® considered a banned substance?

SR CarnoSyn® is not a banned substance and is not listed by any of the following authorities for banned substances: NFLPA, NCAA, MLB, WADA and IOC.

Is this material Non-GMO?

SR CarnoSyn® beta-alanine is Non-GMO.

Does this material have any allergens?

SR CarnoSyn® is free of major allergens.

What is the shelf life and recommended storage conditions?

When tightly sealed and stored in a cool and dry location, SR CarnoSyn® tablets have a three-year shelf life and SR CarnoSyn® powder has a two year shelf life.

What is the efficacious dosage for SR CarnoSyn®?

To achieve performance results shown in the latest scientific studies, it is strongly recommended that you consume a daily dose of 3.2g – 6.4g of beta-alanine per day.

Where is SR CarnoSyn® manufactured?

SR CarnoSyn® is manufactured, at FDA registered facilities, under a stringent quality control process which complies with current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations enforced by the FDA, and various other national and international agencies, to be both safe and effective, containing ZERO banned substances.