L-Carnitine

What is L-Carnitine?
L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is produced by the liver and kidneys. One of its primary functions is to transport fatty acids for the generation of metabolic energy, which allows it to regulate fat metabolism. It is also known to improve glucose disposal, act as an antioxidant against certain forms of oxidative stress, and reduce activities that are destructive to the maintenance of bone mass. L-Carnitine is believed to increase energy levels for long-term aerobic activity and is thought to be necessary for good health.

What are the health benefits of L-Carnitine?
L-Carnitine helps to support healthy glucose levels, and therefore is often used as part of a treatment therapy for diabetes. It is also used to reverse and prevent heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and low energy symptoms. L-Carnitine is also known to prevent fat oxidation in the brain and may therefore help to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. L-Carnitine is marketed as a supplement for attaining weight loss, though studies have suggested ambiguous results regarding this form of supplementation.

What foods are good sources of L-Carnitine?
Along with being available as a supplement, L-Carnitine is found in beef, bacon and other pork products, tempeh and other fermented soy products, whole milk and other dairy products, and avocados.

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