Despite being known to science since the beginning of the 20th century, it is only recently that the tremendous antiaging potential of carnosine has been fully recognized.
Now available as a nutritional supplement, carnosine offers a remarkable array of benefits to health. Its antioxidant and anti-glycolytic properties are able to fight the very source of aging — damage to cells and tissues through metabolic wear and tear — but it can also be taken as a post-exercise recovery tool and wrinkle-smoothing skin treatment.
Unlike many antioxidants, which are purely preventative and only stop free radicals from entering tissues, carnosine also neutralizes the harmful products of secondary reactions within cells themselves. This provides an additional line of defense, blocking the formation of compounds such as MDA, which contributes to atherosclerosis, joint inflammation, cataracts, and aging in general.
Carnosine also offers substantial protection against advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, a specific type of free radical that forms when carbohydrates bond with proteins without the presence of an enzyme. AGEs adversely affect nearly every type of cell and molecule in the body, potentially contributing to a wide range of health issues such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s. AGEs also increase oxidative damage, producing up to 50 times as many free radicals as non-glycated proteins, as well as affecting the normal function of cells.
Another of carnosine’s remarkable properties is its ability to act as a chelator — a material that binds with toxic metal compounds so that they can be excreted safely. Carnosine is particular effective as a chelator of copper and zinc, both of which are essential to good health but also harmful when in too high a concentration. In fact, recent research suggests that abnormal concentrations of copper and zinc can contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Carnosine's relationship with brain and neurological health has been investigated extensively, with studies demonstrating promising neuroprotective effects. A study published in 2014 found that carnosine supplementation helped to increase cognitive function and physical health in the elderly. After 13 weeks, subjects showed lower body mass index and improved scores in memory and cognition.
One of the most well-known and well-studied applications of carnosine is as a treatment and preventative for the debilitating growth of cataracts within the eye. Because two of the primary factors in the development of cataracts are glycation and oxidative damage, which cause the proteins in the eye to become opaque, carnosine has proved a particularly effective solution.
Carnosine has also been shown to help protect the eye from ischemia, or a lack of oxygen, generally caused by increased intraocular pressure and a major contributing factor for glaucoma.
New research has demonstrated yet another facet of carnosine’s antiaging potential — the capacity to protect DNA from mutation by lengthening telomeres.
Telomeres act like the plastic caps at the end of shoelaces, stopping DNA material from degrading from wear and tear. By supporting these structures, carnosine has been shown to not only preserve chromosomes and extend their lifespan but also reduce the risk of faulty chromosome formation. While this degradation is a normal part of aging, forestalling it through supplementation is a tremendously promising therapy for increasing natural lifespan.
Carnosine won’t just make you feel younger — research suggests that it may help you to look younger as well. A team of Australian scientists has found that aging skin cells bathed in carnosine regain their youthful appearance and reproduce more readily, as long as the concentration of carnosine remains high enough.
While not strictly an antiaging benefit, carnosine also offers advantages to athletes. By acting as a pH buffer, carnosine can block the accumulation of lactic acid within muscles, preventing the burning feeling that can follow strenuous exercise. In fact, research has found that athletes, particularly rowers and sprinters, have naturally higher concentrations of carnosine in their muscles than the general population.
While carnosine is found in high concentrations in red meat, diet alone cannot always guarantee sufficient intake to reap its full antiaging benefits. This is because carnosine is quickly degraded by enzymes once ingested. Even if you eat a lot of red meat, the carnosine won’t necessarily last long enough to provide a sustained protective effect. The body’s carnosine levels also decline as we age and muscle concentration drops by up to 63% between the ages of 10 and 70.
That’s why carnosine supplementation is so popular. Topping up the body’s natural levels ensures carnosine remains in concentrations high enough to provide the full range of its health benefits.
At Antiaging Nutrition, we offer not one, but four carnosine products:
CARNOPro is a potent carnosine supplement, formulated to extend cell life, reduce oxidative damage, block glycation and promote good health throughout the body. Taking advantage of the full force of carnosine’s impressive antiaging potential, CARNOPro is an essential supplement for those looking to weather life’s later years with vim and vitality, safe in the knowledge that their body is functioning at its best.
Created by renowned antiaging expert, Dr. Richard Lippman, ACF228 is packed with antioxidants to deliver remarkable health benefits. The combination of N-acetyl cysteine, NDGA, selenium, L-carnosine, and resveratrol, along with a number of other compounds, is designed to battle the main sources of aging, oxidative and glycolytic damage.
If you’re after a nutritional supplement to protect your ocular health, look no further than Can-C, a remarkably effective carnosine eye drop formulation. Not only does it mop up free radicals, one of the leading causes of vision degradation, it also helps to prevent glycolysis damage, which plays a significant role in the development of cataracts.
Can-C is currently being trialed for use in easing corneal disorders, macular degeneration, eye strain, blurred vision, dry eye syndrome and some retinal diseases.
Designed by the pioneers of Can-C NAC, Can-C Plus is a specially formulated capsule that boosts the already impressive benefits of the sight-supporting eye drops. By preventing the main ingredient, NAC, from breaking down, Can-C Plus allows Can-C NAC eye drops to work for longer, providing even greater health effects.