Many people use a pre-workout and are worried when they get that tingling and itchy sensation after taking it. Is it something normal or does it do any harm to us? What is the truth?
First of all this effect is called “paresthesia” and it is caused by 2 ingredients in the pre-workout: Beta-Alanine and Niacin (vitamin B3). Beta-Alanine is an amino acid which is absolutely harmless. What this does to your body is to boost your testosterone, increase your muscle performance, overall strength and speed during your workout, but also speed up your recovery during an intensive training. Beta-Alanine is normally and naturally produced by your body, but when consumed as a supplement, it creates a nervous system reaction that makes your skin itchy and you feel like you are having bugs crawling under your skin. Vitamin B3 also present in the pre-workouts, together with Beta-Alanine, widens your blood vessels close to your skin, completing the itchy sensation and working together with Beta-Alanine to annoy you.
If you hate this sensation like I do, try to half the size of your pre-workout at the beginning of taking it and increase the serving every day or take ½ scoop 30 minutes before and then the second one right before starting your workout. It is not about how much you weigh, it is only about your body and if it is used to it or not. You should increase your tolerance with time but if that doesn’t happen, stick to only half the size of a scoop before the training.