Does taking PerformElite make you feel warm and tingly inside. Is it love? Quite possibly but it's probably the beta-alanine. EndurElite co-founder Matt Mosman breaks down why this happens.
Good morning, my endurance friends, Matt Mosman, co-founder of EndurElite, the maker of premium supplements for endurance athletes and endurance training, and supplement expert.
Hey, I just got done running, and it's snowy and very cold in Spearfish, South Dakota, this morning, and I decided that all I want for Christmas is a pair of fuzzy, windproof running briefs. But, you're not here to listen about my frozen nether regions. That's pretty gross, actually.
Today, I wanted to talk to you about why you may experience some pins and needles feelings after you take PerformElite. And the short answer is, this is due to beta-alanine. And we're going to explain why that happens, but first, a few fun facts about beta-alanine.
PerformElite contains 3.2 grams of beta-alanine. Now, this is considered an efficacious dose. If you're getting anything less than that, it's really not doing jack-squat for you. As some of you know, beta-alanine is a muscle acidity buffer. So, what that means is, as you exercise, and especially as you exercise more intensely, muscle acidity levels rise, and this can contribute to things like fatigue and cramping. Now, beta-alanine counteracts that by saturating muscle carnosine stores. So, it's not actually the beta-alanine that provides the benefits, it's beta-alanine being converted into carnosine that will help buffer that muscle acidity. Oddly enough, beta-alanine is more effective at saturating muscle carnosine stores compared to carnosine itself. Now, I won't go into the physiological mechanisms as to why that is, but if you want to learn more about that, go to our website at www.endurelite.com, and we have a nice article written up about beta-alanine, and how it works from a physiological standpoint, and why it saturates muscle carnosine stores more effectively than carnosine itself.
Another fun fact about beta-alanine that a lot of people don't know about is, in order for it to be effective, it needs to be loaded, kind of like creatine. So, you're going to get absolutely no acute effects from beta-alanine. Usually, if you're taking 3.2 grams of beta-alanine daily, it's going to take about 20 to 30 days to fully saturate muscle carnosine stores. So, that's why we recommend you take PerformElite every day to help saturate those muscle carnosine stores via the beta-alanine. If you don't take PerformElite every day, I would highly recommend taking a standalone beta-alanine product on the days you don't take PerformElite. NutraBio makes an excellent one. So, like I said, if you don't take PerformElite every day, get a standalone product that has 3.2 grams of beta-alanine to help keep those muscle carnosine stores saturated.
So now, back to the original question. Why do some people get a pins and needles feeling when they take beta-alanine? First, I'm going to give you the typical bro answer, and I wish I could really sell this to you. It goes something like this.
"Hey, bro, you take that beta-alanine?"
"Yeah, bro, it was awesome."
"Hey, I got these mad tingles going on right now."
"Oh, yeah, bro?"
"Why do you think that is?"
"Well, you know what? I think I love PerformElite so much that it just gives me a warm, fuzzy tingling in the inside."
So, again, we don't do the bro science with EndurElite, we do the real science. So, the 3.2 grams of beta-alanine found in PerformElite causes something called paresthesia to happen in some individuals. It doesn't happen in everybody, but basically, paresthesia is a harmless side effect of beta-alanine. If you take PerformElite, and then, you know, 5 to 10 minutes later you feel a pins and needles feeling on your face, your wrists, your hands, kind of the more sensitive areas of your body, completely harmless side effect. It's, you know, no cause for concern. With continued use, it goes away relatively quickly, probably in about two to three days. So, again, if you get the pins and needles from the beta-alanine found in the PerformElite, it is not a cause for concern.
So, there you have it. There's your answer as to why beta-alanine causes the tingles. Again, if you want a more in-depth look at beta-alanine, we have a nice blog post written up on it at endurelite.com.
All right, my friends, until next time, stay fueled, stay focused, stay fast.