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Beta Alanine

  • Intracellular acid buffer for competition and strength athletes
  • where muscle acidity and lactate accumulation limit performance
  • proven A-supplement, widely used in professional sports
  • slow-release formula
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Beta Alanine

Beta-alanine from SPONSER® is an intracellular acid buffer for competition and strength athletes. Suitable for high-intensity, repetitive exercise, where muscle acidification and the concomitant pH reduction in the blood limit performance. 
Due to the improved "acid buffer capacity" beta-alanine provides an increased lactate tolerance. Thus, with one's lactate tolerance derived by specific exercise, athletes can sustain a given load for a longer time or achieve a higher performance in a predefined time. Furthermore, a significantly faster recovery can be expected because the acid removal from muscle is accelerated by the increased buffer capacity.

 

Which sports benefit? 
- Typical anaerobic-lactacid sports: 
Swimming, track&field (short and medium distances), rowing, skiing, cross-country skiing (sprint)
- repetitive interval loads:
strength athletes, various team sports (football, hockey), martial arts (karate, judo)

The targeted resistance exercise of isolated muscle groups in strength athletes produces locally very high lactate values, which must be removed as quickly as possible. If the muscle remains sour for too long, the next set cannot be completed quickly enough and with sufficient power. 
The performance improvements seem to be all the more pronounced the bigger the load-induced metabolic acidosis. Thus, athletes such as middle distance runners, rowers, swimmers or skiers who are used to anaerobic exercise are expected to benefit more from supplementation than endurance athletes such as long-distance runners, triathletes or cyclists.

 

Function and mode of action
Beta-alanine as an amino acid supplement increases the muscle's carnosine level. The most important function of carnosine is to buffer acids. In contrast to extracellular buffering of a soda loading (cf. LACTAT BUFFER), carnosine acts within the cell. Of great interest in this context is the combined application of soda loading and beta-alanine supplementation in order to improve both extracellular and intracellular buffering capacity.

Thanks to the slow-release tablet formulations, the unpleasant (but harmless) tingling sensation of the skin caused by beta-alanine is prevented. Please follow the instructions for use (loading phase).

Tipp: as an intracellular buffer substance beta-alanine is especially suited in combination with the extracellular acid buffer LACTAT BUFFER by SPONSER®.

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Application

2 x 2 tablets daily, preferably with a meal. Do not consume more than 8-10 weeks, then discontinue intake for approx. 4 weeks.

Suitable for power sports as well as swimming, athletics, combat sports, skiing, sprint disciplines and short distance endurance sports.

For maximal performance SPONSER recommends a combined usage with Lactat Buffer.

Nährwerte/nutrition facts

1 Tagesration/daily ration

(4 Tabl.)

Energie/energy kJ (kcal)

16 (4)

Fett/fat

0 g

davon gesättigte Fettsäuren/of which saturated fatty acids

0 g

Kohlenhydrate/carbohydrates

< 0.1 g

davon Zuckerarten/of which sugars

0 g

Ballaststoffe/fibres

1.0 g

Eiweiss/protein

0 g

Salz/salt

0.00 g

Ingredients: Beta-alanine (CarnoSyn®), stabilisers (E464, modified starch, E463), anti-caking agents (E341, E470b, E551),
bulking agent E460. 1 tabl. = 1350 mg

Dietary supplements do not substitute a balanced and varied diet. Do not exceed the stated recommended daily dose. Keep out of children’s reach.

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Soda loading

Increases lactate tolerance

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Beta-Alanine Improves Strength and Strength Endurance

Study Confirms Effectiveness of Beta-Alanine (in German)

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Soda loading

Soda loading with LACTAT BUFFER increases the lactate tolerance in high-intensity sports

Muscle hyperacidity and the consequent accumulation of lactate as well as a short-term drop in blood pH are performance-limiting factors when it comes to high-intensity training and competition. The athlete becomes «acidic» and therefore limited in his performance. In this situation, sodium citrate and sodium bicarbonate offer great benefits. SPONSER sells both ingredients in its beverage powder LACTAT BUFFER.

Soda loading: function and benefit
Supplementation with LACTAT BUFFER or sodium bicarbonate and/or citrate is also called «soda loading». If sodium citrate and sodium bicarbonate are used in high-intensity sports that last from approx. 1 to 10 minutes, significant performance improvements can be expected. The greater the anaerobic-lactacid load, and thus the more pronounced the induced metabolic acidosis, the more effective an increased buffering capacity may improve performance.

Which sports benefit?
In practice, this means that athletes such as middle distance runners, rowers, swimmers, alpine ski athletes etc. benefit significantly from this specific kind of supplementation. More than, for example, endurance athletes such as long-distance runners, triathletes or cyclists. This is because anaerobic sports train significantly higher lactate tolerance than endurance sports. Another group of athletes that potentially benefits from a soda loading is the one working with repetitive interval loads. This applies to many team sports, ball sports and martial arts.
Soda loading is also interesting for strength athletes, as the isolated training of fewer muscles produces very high local lactate values, which must be removed as quickly as possible. If the muscle remains «sour» for too long, the next set cannot be completed quickly enough and with sufficient strain. Since soda loading also means an increased sodium intake, supplementation in weight training should not be carried out permanently but reserved for intensive phases. The same applies to sports where one or even several competitions take place every week.

Increased lactate tolerance, improved acid buffer capacity
Due to the mode of action of an increased bicarbonate buffer in the blood, the individual lactate value of the athlete is not necessarily increased, but primarily the lactate tolerance. This means that the athlete with his individual lactate value can endure a load for a longer time or achieve a higher performance. The athlete does not necessarily interpret the perceived load as lower if the maximum achievable performance in competition is aimed at. In contrast however, a given, defined performance should be perceived as less stressful. In all cases a much faster recovery is to be expected, because the acid removal is accelerated by the increased buffer capacity. This means faster disappearance of the «stiff» muscle feeling after exercise as well as faster recovery.

Studies prove effectiveness
As early as 1993, a first meta-analysis examined 29 studies on athletes with soda loading. Overall, the performance until exhaustion was massively increased with an average of 27%. Due to the diversity of the study designs, however, also with a large variation of +7% to +47% (average thus +27%). In the meantime, many other studies have been carried out and soda loading is considered one of the supplementation measures with the scientifically most broadly supported, performance-enhancing effect.

Dosage and intake
In the past, soda loading was practiced about 3 hours before the competition, which was an enormous dose when taking 0.3-0.5 g sodium bicarbonate and/or citrate per kg body weight. This led to gastrointestinal problems very often. According to the latest study findings, supplementation is now carried out over several days. Thus, the tolerance problems of a high single dosage can be avoided.
Ideally, LACTAT BUFFER should be consumed 3-5 days before the competition, spread over the day as recommended, with the last dose being taken 3 hours before the start at the latest. Interestingly, the performance-enhancing effect of this multi-day intake strategy seems to last up to 2 days after discontinuation of supplementation. This is accordingly important for sports events lasting several days.

Combined increase of intra- and extracellular buffer capacity
Many studies about supplementation to increase intra- and extracellular buffer capacity haven been published so far; with many different intake profiles and forms of workouts. As expected, and as explained above, the greatest benefit is achieved with highly intensive loads of 1 to 10 minutes duration. Such forms of performance produce the highest acidosis in the musculature and consequently in the blood. In order to achieve maximum benefit in the anaerobic-lactacid performance range, the increase in extracellular buffer capacity through soda loading can be combined with an increase in intracellular buffer capacity through beta-alanine. The combination of these two measures can lead to an additional increase in performance, at least if chronic soda loading is carried out (approx. 3-4 days before the competition). Since the intake of BETA-ALANINE also requires a chronic intake for about 8 weeks in order to increase the body's own carnosine stores, such an intake strategy does not give rise to any tolerance problems compared to acute intake on the day of the competition.

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Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ

14. 10. 2019
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Beta-Alanine Improves Strength and Strength Endurance

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Study Confirms Effectiveness of Beta-Alanine

Another recent study confirms the strength-enhancing effect of beta-alanine in connection with hard weight training. Beta-alanine is rightly listed as an A supplement by the Australian Institute of Sports.

β-Alanine is one of the non-essential amino acids known to improve strength performance. In one study, 30 healthy, regularly exercising strength athletes were tested over five weeks as follows: One study group consumed 6.4 g beta-alanine daily in a dose of 8 x 800 mg, with a minimum of 1.5 hours between doses. The other study group took a placebo. Both took a progressive strength training three times a week. The evaluation showed a significant increase in average strength, maximum strength and also strength endurance in the beta-alanine study group compared to placebo.

Literature
Maté-Muñoz JL et al. (2018): Effects of β-alanine supplementation during a 5-week strength training program: a randomized, controlled study. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2018) 15:19.

Author: Remo Jutzeler
Head R&D SPONSER SPORT FOOD
Ing. Applied Food Sciences UAS
MAS Nutrition & Health ETHZ

28. 07. 2018
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