Carnosine is a protein building block that is naturally produced in the body. It is concentrated in muscles when they are working, and it is also found in the heart, brain, and many other parts of the body.
Carnosine is used to prevent aging and for preventing or treating complications of diabetes such as nerve damage, eye disorders (cataracts), and kidney problems.
How it works
Carnosine is important for many normal body functions including the proper function and development of the muscles, heart, liver, kidneys, brain, and many other organs. There is some interest in using carnosine to prevent aging because it seems to interfere with certain chemicals that might play a role in the aging process.
Early research suggests that taking L-carnosine by mouth for 8 weeks may improve symptoms in children with autistic spectrum disorders.
Early research suggests that taking a single dose of a specific chicken breast extract (CBEX) containing carnosine and anserine by mouth does not improve cycling power in healthy active men.
There is not enough information available to know if carnosine is safe to take for medical conditions.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking carnosine if you arepregnantor breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Low blood pressure: Carnosine might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking carnosine might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.
ModerateMedications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs)
Carnosine might decrease blood pressure in some people. Taking carnosine along with medications used for lowering high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low. Do not take too much carnosine if you are taking medications for high blood pressure.Some medications for high blood pressure include nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan), diltiazem (Cardizem), isradipine (DynaCirc), felodipine (Plendil), amlodipine (Norvasc), and others.