L-Carnosine is classified as a dipeptide, which is a combination of two amino acids, in this case alanine and histidine. It naturally occurs in high concentrations in skeletal muscle tissue, and may support muscle vitality. L-Carnosine is also an antioxidant that may stabilize cellular membranes, protecting them from damage by free radicals. Because L-Carnosine is only found in vertebrates, it is especially important for persons who do not consume beef, pork or chicken.
Found in all cells, but concentrated in the muscle, heart, kidney and brain cells, carnosine may also help to stabilize and protect the cell membrane, support cognitive, heart and muscle health as well as inhibit the release of inflammatory mediators. It may also reduce the risk and severity of cataract, rejuvenate connective tissue cells and rid the body of toxic metals.