Ultimate Nutrition Beta K is an amino acid and creatine supplement that contains 1500mg of Beta Alanine and 1500mg of Kre- Alkalyn.
A recent study illustrated that supplementation of Beta-Alanine and Creatine increased maximal power output. It was concluded that it might be as a result of improved hydrogen ion buffering by elevated Carnosine concentrations. The use of Beta-Alanine to increase muscle Carnosine offers a way to increase anaerobic exercise potential and, is likely to add to the effects of Creatine in some exercise settings.
First discovered in the early 1900's, Beta-Alanine and Histidine are the two components of Carnosine. Histidine is already present in large quantity within skeletal muscles, so it is Beta-Alanine that acts as the rate-limiting factor in Carnosine conversion. Carnosine is very effective at buffering the Hydrogen ions responsible for producing the lactic acid burn. Studies have shown that increasing muscle Carnosine by supplementing Beta-Alanine may delay fatigue and improve the muscular aspects of athletic performance.
Research also indicates that Beta-Alanine increases lactate threshold, improves the ability to maintain maximal power output during high-intensity exercise and decreases neuromuscular fatigue. By elevating Carnosine level, it may protect against damage to nerves, letting them fire at a faster rate than if they are injured. For example, instead of ones body operating at 80% the day after exercise, Carnosine may help it perform closer to the best possible levels. This is mainly useful for athletes who are constantly using the same muscles, without the ability to take a break and recover for a few days.*
The effects of creatine plus beta-alanine on strength, power, body composition, and endocrine changes were examined during a 10-wk resistance-training program in collegiate football players. Results of this study demonstrate the efficacy of creatine plus beta-alanine on strength performance. Creatine plus beta-alanine supplementation appeared to have the greatest effect on lean tissue accruement and body fat composition. Kre-Alkalyn has the benefits of regular Creatine, without the associated side effects some users experience with Creatine Monohydrate. Creatine Monohydrate has been proven through decades of research to enhance strength, endurance, and athletic performance. However some athletes have noted side effects including nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, and a host of other unwanted reactions.
Kre-Alkalyn has been referred to as a new form of Creatine. However, it is actually the best form of Creatine (Creatine Monohydrate) that has been fully stabilized. It is a new technology altogether: 100% stable Creatine. Kre-Alkalyn is processed at a higher pH level than regular Creatine Monohydrate.
Kre-Alkalyn also buffers lactic acid. Accumulation of metabolic acid (H+) is recognized as a rate-limiting factor in exercise. Kre-Alkalyn's patented buffer system immediately neutralizes the acid in the stomach, protecting the buffered Creatine from creatinine conversion. The acidity is reduced and Kre-Alkalyn is ready for absorption. After entering the small intestine, bicarbonate ions are secreted to further alkalinize the Kre- Alkalyn for absorption into the blood stream. Kre-Alkalyn's buffering effect assists in sparing the body's natural bicarbonate stores, prolonging muscular performance and delaying the onset of fatigue.*
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