Carnosine is a naturally occurring protein building block in the body. It is found in the muscles, heart, brain, and many other parts of the body.
Carnosine is important for many normal body functions. There is interest in using it to prevent aging because it appears to block certain chemicals that may play a role in the aging process. Carnosine levels in the body may also decrease with age.
People use carnosine to treat aging, diabetes, autism, heart failure, depression, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Carnosine is also called L-carnosine. Not to be confused with L-carnitine. These are different.
When taken by mouth: Carnosine is probably safe. Doses of 200-1500 mg per day are safe to use. Generally well tolerated.
When applied to skin: There is not enough reliable information to know whether carnosine is safe or what side effects it may have.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: There is not enough reliable information to know whether carnosine is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay safe and avoid using.
Surgery: Carnosine may affect blood sugar levels and may interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking carnosine at least two weeks before your scheduled surgery.
Use this combination with caution
Diabetes Medications (Antidiabetic Medications) Interact with Carnosine
Carnosine may lower blood sugar levels. Taking carnosine with diabetes medications may cause your blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Carnosine is most commonly used in adults, taking 500-2000 mg orally daily for up to 12 weeks. It is also used in oral lozenges and creams. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out which product type and dosage is best for your specific situation.
Conditions of use and important information:
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