L-Carnitine May Help
with Weight Loss and Athletic Performance
Author: Dominick of Performance Nutrition
is a nutrient responsible for the transport of long-chain fatty acids into the
energy-producing centers of the cells (known as the mitochondria). In other
words, carnitine helps the body convert fatty acids into energy, which is used
primarily for muscular activities throughout the body. The body produces carnitine
in the liver and kidneys and stores it in the skeletal muscles, heart, brain,
Studies suggest that people who take L-carnitine
supplements soon after suffering a heart attack may be less likely to
suffer a subsequent heart attack, die of heart disease, experience chest pain
and abnormal heart rhythms, or develop congestive heart failure. (Congestive
heart failure is a condition that leads to a back up of blood into the lungs
and legs because the heart loses its ability to pump blood efficiently).
In addition, people with coronary artery disease
who use L-carnitine
along with standard medications may be able to sustain physical activity
for longer periods of time.
In several studies, people who took L-carnitine
supplements had a significant lowering of their total cholesterol and
triglycerides, and an increase in their HDL ("good") cholesterol
and Athletic Performance
acts as a wheel barrow shuttling long chain fatty acids to the mitochondria
where these fats can be burned as fuel. This can prolong energy stores allowing
an individual to maintain peak performance for longer periods of time. L-carnitine
also helps promote the body’s use of fat as fuel allowing for more
efficient fat burning.
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