|No matter what this study says, I am pretty sure that the combination of bicarbonate + beta alanine would rule for Tour de France cyclists - at least during the dreaded time-trials.|
So much for the good news, the bad news however is that the performance increases on a repeated sprint test were non-signficant and the expected additive effects of beta alanine and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) during a 110% cycling capacity test were non-existing.
The trial participants were asked to complete 2 exercise tests, over consecutive days, at the end of each of the four co-supplement periods (see fig. 1).
|Figure 2: The non-existing increases in peak and average performance with beta alanine and - with the exception of one outlier - bicarbonate supplementation is disappointing; value expressed relative to placebo trial.|
- Danaher, Jessica et al. "The effect of β-alanine and NaHCO3co-ingestion on buffering capacity and exercise performance with high-intensity exercise in healthy males." Eur J Appl Physiol (2014) 114:1715–1724