Benefits and Functions of L-Carnosine

L-carnosine is a potent anti-oxidant that hinders cell damage and improves cell function. ...

We live in a world where looks are given a lot of importance. As we age our skin deteriorates and looses its elasticity and there is a reduction in the production of collagen. People spend a lot money on anti ageing creams, facials and botox treatments in order to preserve their firm skin. The effects of these treatments are only temporary and often minimal. Good skin grows from inside and depends on the dietary intake.

The benefits have been discussed for generations. One of the major ingredients in these creams and treatments is L-carnosine. It is a naturally occurring amino acid present in our body. It is a combination of two amino acids called L-alanine and L-histidine. It’s present in large amounts in the muscle and brain and its level decreases with age.

One of the best known functions of L-carnosine is its antioxidant property which protects cells from harm by the free radicals. This peptide being water soluble reaches places other antioxidants (which are fat soluble) cannot reach, making it very effective. It achieves its maximum effect when used in combination with vitamin E and other antioxidants.

Proteins and DNA are glycosylated in the cell and converted into Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) in order to prevent their destruction. Accumulation of AGEs in the cell will cause damage to the skin, eyes, nervous system and can lead to diseases like skin ageing and Alzheimer’s dementia. Carnosine slows down this naturally occurring process alleviating symptoms of ageing.

Studies have shown that carnosine in combination with the metal ion zinc provides protection to the gastric mucosal layer against irritants. It decreases platelet aggregation in patients with abnormal clotting tendencies and increases platelet aggregation in patients with low clotting tendencies. It has been shown to have stabilizing effects on the cell membrane of red blood cells protecting against hemolytic anemia. It also does proton buffering which means it maintains the pH of the muscles (during heavy exercises and stress conditions). L-carnosine oral supplements have been newly introduced in to the market. There is no Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). The normal daily dose recommended is 100 to 200mg per day. The best part about l-carnosine is that there have been no side effects or any kind reported so far.


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