Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are what give your body form, function, and structure
One of the most important is Acetyl L Carnitine. This amino acid is formed from amino acids in your liver and your kidneys and brain and it can be found in virtually every cell inside of your body. To say it’s an important element for life would be an understatement.
The truth is L-Carnitine (the acetyl portion refers to the supplement form) has been shown to have a variety of positive effects on the body. It’s been show to energize the heart and helps convert body fat into usable energy. Not only that, but it can help improve mental focus and mental energy and helps to increase oxygen availability for increased respiratory efficiency. It’s even been used extensively by athletes to increase performance and endurance.
It also helps to lower LDL (bad) and raises good (HDL) cholesterol as well as helping to protect DNA from DNA degeneration. It helps DNA repair from mutations that occur from free radical production and reduces the amount of metabolic waste and acid build up in the body.
L- Carnitine can even help to treat a number of diseases and disorders. These include, but are not limited to, Alzheimers, Angine pectoris, ADD, brain injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, renal disease, depression, congestive heart failure, mitral valve prolapse, senility and much, much more.
There are more than enough studies to prove its effectiveness, but here are a few to review.
- Studies conducted by the Unviersity of Bari in Italy showed through a study of aging rats the inclusion of Acetyl-L-Carnitine into the diet helps to restore the mitochondrial DNA of rats. After being administered Acetyl-L-carnitine the rats had the metabolic function and heart rates restored to those matching rats much younger than the older test subject group.
- Carnitine was shown to have positive effects on brain health in a study conducted by Chinese scientists. They noted Carnitine was helpful in boosting blood flow to the brain to help maintain normal metabolic function. It also helped to protect the brain from age related degradation maintaining enhanced brain function into later life.
- In a study of over 3000 individuals the Mayo Clinic indicated that the use of Carnitine helped improve cardiac function amongst those who have suffered from a heart attack. The test subjects were shown to have a 65% reduction in ventricular arrhythmias, a 40% reduction in angina function and an overall reduction of mortality rates by 27%.
- A study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Psychology department made observations that patients supplemented with Carnitine performed at higher levels on Alzheimer’s tests than placebo recipients. The patients showed significantly less deterioration in brain matter as well as increased levels of high energy phosphate levels as well.
- The American Journal of Medical Genetics conducted studies that noted that the use of Carnitine helped to reduce the symptoms of ADHD in some of the recipients. The study noted that over the placebo group, those who took Carnitine had improved markers of social ability as well as decreased distraction and hyper activity. The conclusion the scientists made was the use of carnitine is an appropriate alternative to traditional ADHD medications.
The frequency of side effects for L-Carnitine is very rare. However those that have been noted are agitation, headache, increased appetite, nausea, skin rash and vomiting. Some are known to acquire body-odor, but this can be accomplished by adding riboflavin into the diet. Those with kidney or liver disease should talk to their physician before including the supplement into their regimen.
One thing to consider. If you are taking Carnitine you might still end up without significant changes in health if you still continue with one dietary mistake.