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Carnosine : And For Today's Lesson...

Comprehending our health and wellness can be a daunting task. Each of our bodies and subsequent health is the result of a unique collection of variables and influencers: heredity, diet, environment, lifestyle, personality and habits.

With more than 25 years of experience in the nutritional heath field, OVitaminPro.com is here to help demystify the complex world of nutritional supplementation. But don't worry, we know most of our customers aren't nutritionists or health care professionals and don't intend to be, so we strive to translate information into terms the typical individual can understand. However, as with any health products, advice, or planning, be sure to consult with your health care professional regarding what is right for you.

Carnosine is the topic of this "lesson":

What is it?
Carnosine is a molecule comprised of two different amino acids.

Where is it found?
Carnosine is naturally produced in the body, and is highly concentrated in our muscles and brain tissue. It is also found in foods such as poultry, beef, pork, and some fish; some believe that vegetarians are particularly vulnerable to carnosine deficiencies, but this has not been proven. Of course, there are supplements that contain carnosine, too. Last but not least, there are natural products such as patches that do not deliver carnosine to the body, but instead, work to stimulate the body's production levels of carnosine.

What are the benefits?
Anti-oxidants: Carnosine has anti-oxidant characteristics. Anti-oxidants help promote cellular health, and can even help repair some types of cellular damage. Due to the restorative nature of anti-oxidants, they may possess anti-aging attributes as well.

Autism: Although autism is a highly perplexing group of disorders, carnosine supplement treatments have been tested with autistic individuals, with mixed and/or inconclusive results.

Cancer: In some animal studies related to cancer, carnosine is believed to have inhibited some cancer growth.

Diabetes: Carnosine has also been used to prevent or treat diabetic-related issues such as nerve damage (neuropathy), eye problems (retinopathy/cataracts/glaucoma/macular degeneration), and kidney disorders.

What are the side effects?
Known side effects aren't clear, but hyperactivity is possible, and as with any substance, some individuals may be allergic or intolerable to it. Also, as a general rule, those who are pregnant or breast-feeding should also avoid carnosine as a safety precaution.