Did you just start taking pre-workouts? Or, did you recently increase your dosage? Did you notice a tingling feeling or flushing after drinking PRE, PRE Stim-Free, PRE Natural, or PRE Extreme? People usually feel it in their extremities and/or face first. No worries, it is a result of beta-alanine! And, there is no evidence showing the tingling sensation is unsafe.
So, what is beta-alanine? Beta-alanine is a non-essential amino acid that is a natural occurring substance in the body. That means our body produces some, but we often supplement with more to gain greater benefits. Additionally, beta-alanine plays an important role in increasing carnosine levels, which may have several health benefits too! These benefits can range from anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties to neutralizing free radicals and reducing oxidative stress.
The next thing you are probably wondering is why is beta-alanine in my pre-workout? Beta-alanine has been suggested to directly improve sports performance. Other studies have suggested that beta-alanine may increase endurance, combat fatigue, increase high-intensity performance, and increase work capacity. For improving physical performance, dosages of ~2.5 to 6.5 grams of beta-alanine daily have been suggested. One scoop of NutraBio PRE contains 3.2 grams of beta- alanine. This, like all the other 22 active ingredients in PRE, is a clinical dose of the research-backed ingredient. And, if you want to approach the upper range of the dosage, you can stack any of the PREs with NutraBio’s Reload (recovery supplement) to reap the full benefits of recovery and performance enhancement.
Don’t like the tingly feeling you are experiencing? Start small and increase the dosage over time. Research suggests taking small doses (approximately 800 mg per serving) to avoid the tingling feeling. I’ve worked with numerous clients who experienced the tingling side-effect of beta-alanine and were able to increase their dosage over time and avoid feeling the tingling sensation. Start by taking a ¼ scoop of any of the PREs and gradually increasing the dosage over time.
So next time you go to grab some PRE to boost your workout, remember that the tingling feeling you get is from beta-alanine and according to current research it is considered to be a safe and effective supplement to bolster exercise performance!