Supposedly most of the L-Carnosine (a di-peptide of beta-alanine and histidine) is broken down into beta-alanine and histidine in the digestive tract. The small amount of L-Carnosine that does escape this is broken down by carnosinase to once again beta-alanine and histidine. So the only way to overcome this is to take whopping doses.
Beta-Alanine is the rate limiting factor in the synthesis of L-Carnosine (unless you are on a low protein diet you have enough histidine) and Beta-Alanine supplementation has been shown to after chronic supplementation to boost L-Carnosine levels in muscle tissue by an amazing 80%. Granted this is muscle tissue but it stands to reason that the same is true in other areas of the body as well.
Any links to support your above statements as fact?
"the Harris study" the abstract mentions 65% increase in muscle carnosine after 4 weeks I can't read the pdf but from another source the total increase after 10-12 weeks was 80%http://www.springerl...71337168464032/
Good summary here even though these people have a commercial interest. Their references seem to be in order. Besides this is not new info, many people on this board have mentioned the same sorts of thing, and many people on here take Beta-Alanine instead of Carnosinehttp://www.beta-alanine.net/
the references for the above page found at the bottom of the page
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• Zoeller RF, Stout JR, O'kroy JA, Torok DJ, Mielke M.(2006)
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