Feeling The Burn When Working Out? How to Reduce Lactic Acid Build Up

Posted: May 29, 2009 in exercise, health, nutrition, Nutrition Tidbits, Sports Medicine, Weight Loss
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By Sylvia Anderson, AHJ Editor — Published: May 28, 2009

Picture this: You have finally committed to an exercise program, you are running down the sidewalk or around the track, you are “feeling the burn,” and you are feeling great. Suddenly, you aren’t feeling that great anymore, your leg muscles start to burn a little too much, you try to keep going, but can’t. It hurts. If you have ever exercised vigorously, you know about the burning sensation that occurs in your muscles. But do you know why this happens? Keep reading to find out why your muscles begin to burn and what you can do about it!

Your muscles begin to “burn” when lactic acid is released from your muscle cells. This lactic acid is released as fuel in order to replenish the supply of energy that has been used up by your muscles during the workout. There are differing points of view on whether or not this lactic acid actually causes the burn or, coincidentally, just happens to accumulate at the same time the burning sensations start.

No matter the cause, this burning sensation is very uncomfortable and will hamper your athletic performance. Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports for fun, lactic acid buildup can literally cramp your style. The sensations caused by lactic acid buildup are extremely uncomfortable and can result in the feeling that you simply can’t take even one more step or swim even one more stroke. However, there is a solution to this.

Betaine anhydrous is a supplement often taken by athletes who are hoping to avoid the pain of lactic acid buildup. If used correctly, betaine anhydrous has proven to be quite effective. It is known to reduce lactic acid levels and may allow you to work out longer and harder, while simultaneously reducing the associated discomfort.

Many athletes take supplemental betaine anhydrous in order to reduce the lactic acid buildup that is present after vigorous exercise. There is disagreement between many experts on whether or not this lactic acid buildup affects the muscles over a span of time, but betaine anhydrous continues to be a popular preventative measure.

Another great benefit of supplementing with betaine anhydrous is that it can lead to larger muscle mass. This may benefit the professional bodybuilder down to the average person looking to get toned. Studies have also suggested that betaine anhydrous may help fat tissue become less dense, making it easier to shed.


Betaine anhydrous is considered to be an extremely safe supplement that can be taken indefinitely with no known side effects. Betaine anhydrous may have other benefits that include improved heart and general vascular health.

While there are no miracle cures guaranteeing complete freedom from muscle soreness, there is evidence that betaine anhydrous can at least mitigate these problems. Betaine anhydrous is considered to be a safe supplement with a good track record – use it to improve your track record!

Get Strong! Stay Strong!


  1. Health says:

    Nice info! Very cool post.I have looked over your blog a few times and I love it.
    Doesn’t it take up a lot of time to keep your blog so interesting ?

    • chriskolba says:

      Thanks! It does take some time and actually, I would like to more with it but right now my time is limited. I try to update once or twice a week currently. Hope to hear from you soon

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