Are you struggling to make it through the day? Do you often feel bogged down by exhaustion and like you are running on empty? If so its sounds like you may benefit from L-Carnitine supplementation.
When you hear the word L-Carnitine, thoughts of an exotic health conditions or complex bodily processes may come to mind. However, L-Carnitine is a substance made in the body consisting of two amino acids and its purpose is to transport fatty acids into our mitochondria so that they can produce energy. Having thriving mitochondria full of fatty acids helps protect us from oxidative damage. L Carnitine is often found in its acetylated form (Acetyl L Carnitine), which can cross the blood brain barrier more readily than the non-acetylated L-Carnitine. This does not dampen the improved energy people feel from taking L-Carnitine since close to 98% of it is stored in your muscles (1).
In one study, 66 elderly subjects who were 100 years or older ingested two grams of L Carnitine for one month (2). The subjects at the end of the study reported having an increase in muscle mass and energy level.
For the younger more active population L-Carnitine may improve muscle recovery, stamina and reduce muscle soreness (3)(4)(5).
Dosages ranging from 1-3 grams appear to hold the most benefits for an individual. But be careful if you have a thyroid disorder. L-Carnitine can lower thyroid hormones.
Wondering if L-Carnitine supplementation is right for you? By taking Persona’s Assessment, which asks questions about your lifestyle and wellness goals, a team of nutritionists and doctors will provide a personalized vitamin and supplement regimen best suited for you.
- “Pharmacokinetics of L-carnitine.” Clinical Pharmacokinetics.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2017.
- “Levocarnitine Administration in Elderly Subjects with Rapid Muscle Fatigue: Effect on Body Composition, Lipid Profile and Fatigue.” Drugs & Aging.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2017.
- “The Effects of L-carnitine L-tartrate Supplementation on Hormonal Responses to Resistance Exercise and Recovery.” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2017.
- “Effects of Prolonged L-carnitine Administration on Delayed Muscle Pain and CK Release after Eccentric Effort.” International Journal of Sports Medicine.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2017.
- “Effects of L-carnitine L-tartrate Supplementation on Muscle Oxygenation Responses to Resistance Exercise.” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2017.