Beta Alanine (or β-Alanine) is a naturally occurring beta amino acid, which is an amino acid in which the amino group is at the beta-position from the carboxylate group
β-Alanine is not used in the biosynthesis of any major proteins or enzymes.
It is formed in vivo by the degradation of dihydrouracil and carnosine.
It is a component of the naturally occurring peptides carnosine and anserine and also of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), which itself is a component of Coenzyme A.
Supplementation with Beta Alanine has been shown to increase the concentration of carnosine in muscles, decrease fatigue in athletes and increase total muscular work done.
The IUPAC name for β-alanine is 3-aminopropanoic acid