Supplement Research Update: Beta-Alanine Powers Up Soldiers

Those of you using Pre JYM and Post JYM consistently have likely noticed significant gains in muscle power, strength and endurance. This is especially true later in your workouts when you are normally feeling the fatigue and hitting the wall. With Pre and Post JYM you seem to be able to keep that power, strength and endurance going and going. One of the active ingredients in both of these products, beta-alanine, is responsible for a good deal of this. The research on this specialized amino acid is mounting up. The latest study now shows true benefits in soldiers. To read my full “Beta-Alanine (CarnoSyn) Breakdown” article, click here.
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The Study
University of Central Florida researchers, along with the Israeli Defense Force, Medical Corps, had 20 male soldiers from an elite combat unit of the Israeli Defense Force take either beta-alanine or a placebo for four weeks while undergoing advanced military training. They reported in a 2014 issue of the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition that the soldiers taking the beta-alanine had significantly greater jumping power following a 4km run and even had an improvement in their rifle marksmanship.

Jim’s Take-Home Points
It should come as no surprise to you that the soldiers supplementing with beta-alanine had greater explosive power after a fatiguing 4km run compared to the soldiers taking the placebo. I have covered numerous studies showing greater power development, particularly later on during exercise, with beta-alanine. Plus, those of you taking Pre JYM and Post JYM are likely used to feeling that greater explosive power, which translates into greater strength, late in your workouts when you usually would be weak and tired.

What may be surprising to you is that beta-alanine helped to improve marksmanship. This suggests that beta-alanine may improve psychomotor performance. That actually isn’t that surprising, since beta-alanine is now recognized as a neurotransmitter. That means it strengthens nerve-cell signaling, which can help to improve focus and concentration. That can certainly impact the accuracy of a soldier shooting a rifle.

So be sure you’re getting 2 grams of beta-alanine from Pre JYM before every workout and another 2 grams of beta-alanine from Post JYM after every workout. Workouts can include weight lifting, cardio (or a combo of both) or sports practices and games. If you’re not able to get JYM products, then at the very least, get 2 grams of straight beta-alanine pre-workout and post-workout. The benefits are too good to miss out on.

Hoffman, J. R., et al. β-alanine supplementation improves tactical performance but not cognitive function in combat soldiers. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 10;11(1):15, 2014.