DEFINITIONS & BENEFITS
Adefined by webmddotcom, l-carnitine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins) that is naturally produced in the body.
L-carnitine supplements are used to increase L-carnitine levels in people whose natural level of L-carnitine is too low because they have a genetic disorder, are taking certain drugs (valproic acid for seizures), or because they are undergoing a medical procedure (hemodialysis for kidney disease) that uses up the body’s L-carnitine. It is also used as a replacement supplement in strict vegetarians, dieters, and low-weight or premature infants.
L-carnitine is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels including heart-related chest pain, congestive heart failure (CHF), heart complications of a disease called diphtheria, heart attack, leg pain caused by circulation problems (intermittent claudication), and high cholesterol.
Some people use L-carnitine for muscle disorders associated with certain AIDS medications, difficulty fathering a child (male infertility), a brain development disorder called Rett syndrome, anorexia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, overactive thyroid, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), leg ulcers, Lyme disease, and to improve athletic performance and endurance.
The body can convert L-carnitine to other amino acids called acetyl-L-carnitine and propionyl-L-carnitine. But, no one knows whether the benefits of carnitines are interchangeable. Until more is known, don’t substitute one form of carnitine for another.
HOW IT WORKS
L-carnitine helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes.
HOW L-CARNITINE OPTIMISES YOU
L-carnitine is a strong fat metabolizer as it works hard in your body to transport stubborn fatty acids to be used for energy. If used in conjunction with exercise it can increase your body’s capacity to burn fat. L-carnitine is also a well-known cognitive enhancer, improving your brain power. In addition, L-carnitine has been shown to have anti-aging properties.
- Metabolises fat for energy more efficiently.
- Improves your fat loss capacity when used with exercise.
- Boosts mental performance.Has anti-aging properties.
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