What Is Carnosine and What Does It Do?
Carnosine ( ¸-alanyl-L-histidine) is found in high concentrations in the brain and muscle. It is important for helping muscle cells to contract and for preventing fatigue. In the brain, it sensitizes neurons to some signals while at the same time protecting them from overstimulation. It also has a role in regulating heartbeat. Carnosine protects the body by preventing cellular damage caused by harmful sugar products (AGEs) and free radicals. Carnosine levels decrease with age, and longer-lived animals tend to have more carnosine in their cells.
The most exciting studies of carnosine have been done in cell cultures. Researchers found that cells treated with carnosine not only stay younger, but old cells can be rejuvenated, extending cellular lifespan and youthful health. Carnosine-treated animals live longer, look and act younger and keep their mental faculties sharper. In animals, Carnosine also blocks the growth of cancer cells and preserves blood vessel health.
Human studies have found carnosine to improve wound healing, help deal with ulcers, reduce seizures, improve brain wave patterns, and improve autistic and Parkinsons symptoms. Overall, carnosine helps protect your body by promoting youthful and functional cells.