L-Carnosine (beta-alanyl-L-histidine) occurs naturally in the body’s muscle and nervous tissues and is formed by the amino acids alanine and histidine.
L-Carnosine provides unique protective mechanisms in the body to maintain healthy protein and cellular function in various tissues.
- Levels of this dipeptide can decline with age. It is a water-soluble antioxidant and promotes cell health and cell longevity.
- In vitro, l-carnosine maintains healthy advanced glycation end-product, or AGE, activity. These end-products are formed when aldehydes (such as aldose and ketose sugars) and lipid peroxidation by-products bind to proteins.
- Plays a role in maintaining DNA integrity, it may also support superoxide dismutase activity.
- In addition, it may help to maintain healthy peptide metabolism in the brain and its membrane-stabilizing properties support cellular health in the cardiovascular system.
- Its concentration in the muscle may prove to be an important factor in high-intensity exercise performance based on a recent human study.