The Next Creatine - Beta Alanine

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We've heard it before: this supplement or that supplement stands to be the next creatine.

Only it never does pan out to be the next creatine. Worse, whatever it was that initially prompted such lofty comparisons usually gets dumped to the back of history's medicine cabinet, forgotten and eventually discarded.

But this time, this time, I think we've got it.

In many ways, Biotest's BETA-7 is reminiscent of creatine in that it allows you to do more work, and all things being equal, more work means more muscle. Like creatine, it works for just about everybody, and there's usually no guesswork involved: you know it's working; the results are concrete.

What's more, BETA-7 also works for endurance athletes. Soon, no one, professional or amateur, strength athlete or endurance athlete, will dream of training or competing without it.

Like creatine, it's found naturally in the body, and by giving the body more of this substance, it allows the body to do more work.

Sweet, elegant, if I do say so myself.

The active ingredient in BETA-7 is called beta-alanine.

The trouble is, up until now, there's been a fly in the ointment concerning the proposed use of conventional beta-alanine:

If you take it once a day, it's not very effective.

If you take it twice a day, it's not very effective.

If you take it three times a day... you guessed it, it's not very effective.

In fact, ordinary, run of the mill beta-alanine must be taken 4 to 8 times a dayfor it to work effectively, but Biotest bludgeoned that problem to smithereens with a cool drug-delivery technique, making BETA-7 a time released beta-alanine (more on that later).

Beta-alanine already has a list of research studies behind it that might soon match that of creatine's in length and scope, but in order to help you understand this exciting new supplement better, we've interviewed Dr. Jeff Stout, one of the world's foremost experts on beta-alanine.

Prepare to learn and prepare to be blown away.


TC:
First of all, Jeff, what is BETA-7 and what does it do?

JS:

TC: Why is buffering so important? What I want to know is this: Will it make me hyoooge?

JS:

TC: So why can't you just take sodium bicarbonate? Isn't that a buffer, too?

JS:

TC: Okay, so why can't a person just take a lot of carnosine?

JS:

TC: Is there any research supporting the effects of Beta-alanine?

JS:

TC: Tell us about the study that's going to appear in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition?

JS:

TC: Fat loss? Why would there be a reduction in body fat?

JS:

TC: Forgive me for saying this, but don't the results of that study suggest that I'd better take beta-alanine with creatine?

JS:

TC: Speaking of endurance, what can you tell me about this study from South Korea on Olympic caliber cyclists?

JS:

TC: I understand that some of the athletes in your studies came back to you several weeks after the conclusion of the study and wanted to get back on beta-alanine because their workouts now "suck" in comparison?

JS:

TC: Are there any negative side effects?

JS:

TC: So you do need to "load" it, like creatine?

TC: Does it have this buffering effect on just slow-twitch fibers, or fast-twitch fibers, too?

TC: So strength athletes and endurance athletes could benefit equally?

TC: Do the effects diminish over time? Does it have to be cycled?

TC: Are any groups of athletes using it now?

TC: Is it on any banned lists?

TC: Let's wrap this up by synopsizing the effects of BETA-7, Jeff. As I understand it, BETA-7:

Increases anaerobic threshold (muscular endurance)

Increases aerobic threshold (endurance in general)

Increases physical work capacity

Increases lean mass

Increases intercellular carnosine levels dramatically in both fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscles

Decreases body fat (possibly)


Biotest's BETA-7 is available right now. To add it to your supplement arsenal and become a physical juggernaut.


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