Tips for Making the Most of Carnosyn

Carnosyn is the leading beta-alanine ingredient used by athletes of all abilities to push through workout plateaus. This popular muscle-building ingredient is also making waves in the healthy aging and wellness market.

MRI Performance proudly uses CarnoSyn in their best-selling pre-workout, Black Powder. Unlike many manufacturers, Black Powder uses the transparent supplement label so you know exactly how much CarnoSyn you’re getting.

1. Take it before your workout

Carnosyn is a powerful performance ingredient that reduces muscle fatigue and increases the ability to knock out those final reps. This is accomplished by boosting your muscles’ capacity to buffer hydrogen ions generated by the breakdown of lactic acid during intense exercise.

The patented ingredient also improves strength, boosts mental focus, and helps you break through plateaus. It can be taken as a stand-alone supplement, but it’s most effective when stacked with other performance-boosting ingredients in a pre-workout formula.

Look for a product with patented Carnosyn, which is clinically studied and guaranteed to be free from banned substances. Black Powder, for example, features several patented ingredients and includes 2 grams of Carnosyn in each scoop. This is enough to hit the clinically proven maximum threshold of 179 grams in 28 days or an average of 6.4 grams daily.

2. Take it during your workout

Whether you’re using Carnosyn in a pre-workout or as a stand-alone supplement, it can help you improve your performance by delaying muscle fatigue and increasing endurance. Max CarnoSyn is an excellent choice for this purpose because it contains patented beta-alanine that has been clinically proven to increase muscle carnosine levels by more than 80% allowing you to perform better during your workouts and reach new plateaus in your training.

When you take supplemental Carnosyn, it quickly combines with the amino acid histidine in your muscles to form the compound carnosine. This in turn allows you to perform better during your workouts by delaying muscle fatigue and helping with the buffering of lactic acid, allowing your muscles to work for longer periods of time.

Look for a product with Carnosyn that’s transparent about the dose of this ingredient rather than hiding it behind a proprietary blend (like Cellucor C4 Ultimate Shred). Also, look for the Informed Sport certification logo because this ensures that the product is banned substance free.

3. Take it after your workout

Carnosine helps fight muscle fatigue and increases resistance to physical exertion. This means you can train harder, longer and burn more calories for fat loss. CarnoSyn is a clinically studied and patented ingredient with FDA NDI status. It is a nonessential amino acid that is produced naturally in the liver and ingested from food sources like meat products. When taken supplementalally, it combines with the amino acid histidine to form the dipeptide carbohydrate carnosine, which buffers hydrogen ions in the muscles and delays fatigue.

Look for a pre-workout supplement with a clinically dosed amount of Carnosyn to see results. The best example of this is Cellucor, the number 1 selling pre-workout in the USA, who clearly doses Carnosyn on their Black Powder pre-workout. On the flip side, other top brands like Performix hide the dose behind a Proprietary Blend. They are able to do this because they have the celebrity endorser John Cena on their label which gives them credibility, but we think transparency is more important.

4. Take it daily

Carnosyn helps to alleviate muscle fatigue, allowing you to train for longer. This helps your muscles stay stronger and also means that you will burn more calories – which will lead to fat loss.

Beta-alanine, a non-essential amino acid that can be produced in the liver or ingested via food, combines with the amino acid histidine to form the dipeptide carnosine. This works by buffering hydrogen ions in the muscles, which prevents a buildup of lactic acid and allows the body to work harder.


In more than 55 clinical studies, patented CarnoSyn has been proven to improve performance in athletes of all stripes. For the best results, you should be taking 3.2 – 6.4 grams per day over 28 days to fully saturate your muscles. You can take it in pre-workouts, post-workout or as a standalone product. In our products, we offer instant release CarnoSyn and sustained-release (SR) CarnoSyn, which makes it easier to reach your optimal dosage while still reducing the tingling sensation often associated with beta-alanine.