June 25, 2016

Carnosine

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What other names is Carnosine known by?

B-Alanyl-L-Histidine, B-Alanyl Histidine, Beta-alanyl-L-histidine, Bêta-Alanyl-L-Histidine, Carnosina, L-Carnosine, N-Acetyl-Carnosine, N-Acétyl-Carnosine, N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine, N-Acétyl-L-Carnosine.

What is Carnosine?

Carnosine is a protein building block that is naturally produced in the body. It is concentrated in muscles when they are working, and it is also found in the heart, brain, and many other parts of the body.

Carnosine is used to prevent aging and for preventing or treating complications of diabetes such as nerve damage, eye disorders (cataracts), and kidney problems.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Autism. Early research suggests that taking L-carnosine by mouth for 8 weeks may improve symptoms in children with autistic spectrum disorders.
  • Exercise performance. Early research suggests that taking a single dose of a specific chicken breast extract (CBEX) containing carnosine and anserine by mouth does not improve cycling power in healthy active men.
  • Complications of diabetes.
  • Aging.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of carnosine for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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