Carnitine is a water soluble amino acid which attaches to medium and long chain fatty acids, transporting them into the mitochondria in all cells (the part of the cell which converts fat into energy for the cell).
Through this absolutely essential process, Carnitine helps reduce the storage of body fat, and the amount of fat in the blood. In other words, adequate Carnitine helps the body use fats for energy production rather than depleting the more critical energy reserves of glycogen.
What it is
Carnitine is a “free form” amino acid which provides a major source of energy for muscles.
What it does
Carnitine increases the use of fat as an energy source, thus preventing fatty buildup in the heart, liver, and skeletal muscles. It strengthens the heart muscle, by improving oxygen utilization; lowers blood pressure; useful in treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Carnitine reduces health risks posed by poor fat metabolism associated with diabetes.
It lessens the risk of heart disease, by lowering blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels; helps ease the pain of intermittent claudication, a condition in which a blocked artery in the thigh decreases the supply of blood and oxygen to leg muscles.
It has been used in treating Alzheimer’s disease and age-related memory loss. Carnitine builds muscle tissue and increases stamina; aids in weight loss; increases sperm count and motility.
- Recovery from heart attack
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Male infertility
- Down’s Syndrome
- Alcohol-related liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Heart health
Adult dosage is around 1,000 mg per day for most people, 2,000 mg or more for those trying to lose weight, promote heart health, lower cholesterol and for those wanting better sports endurance.