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Beta-alanine, a naturally occurring amino acid found in the body, first hit the headlines back in 1999 when it was found to be present in samples taken from a Martian meteorite known as Nakhla!

These days, beta-alanine attracts more attention from sports scientists because studies in the lab have indicated that it can boost performance during short-duration (one-two minutes) maximal exercise. The explanation seems to be that (given as a supplement) beta-alanine increases muscle levels of a natural substance called carnosine.

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