All right, not everything, but trust me when I tell you that L-Carnitine has worked for me in a number of areas, all of which I intend to share with you here.
WHAT IS IT?
Carnitine is a quarernary ammonium compound known for improving metabolism. The isomer L-Carnitine is an iteration of carnitine which is well-known as a nootropic supplement. Most interesting to students and athletes is its ability to improve your focus and provide a much-needed performance boost.
HOW IT WORKS
L-Carnitine aids in burning fat in healthy non-deficient persons. It accomplishes this by transporting fat, especially long-chain fatty acids, to the mitochondria of cells. There they are then oxidized to yield ATP (adenosine triphosphate). L-Carnitine is enabled to do this when one exercises while taking L-Carnitine as well as when they are at rest (sleeping while on a regimen of L-Carnitine). In this way, L-Carnitine’s method of action is a round-the-clock one, offering benefits whether you are recharging or going at it hard. Bodybuilders and night shift workers alike have praised it for this reason.
As I mentioned earlier, I have found the benefits of L-Carnitine use to be manifold. I, myself, began using L-Carnitine to help with my fatty liver. In a double-blind study, L-Carnitine was found to ameliorate liver function and also improve lipid profile, glucosa plasma level, and liver histology. So far, I have yet to return to my physician for a fresh blood test to determine whether my liver count has changed for the better, but countless testimonials online point to vast improvement in this area as a result of L-Carnitine use.
Since I started taking L-Carnitine, I have found that not only have liver pains subsided (I used to get pangs on the right side of my lower abdomen), but I have also been able to focus more clearly on my work and get a sense that my mental faculties are sharper than normal. This is no surprise as countless web reviews and forum posts write about L-Carnitine’s cognitive enhancement(s).
As stated above, L-Carnitine affects mitochondria which have been known to influence depression. Many believe L-Carnitine supplement can improve mood as well as body and mind.
L-Carnitine has been shown to reverse or even occlude muscle weakness and can treat a host of other disorders including hyperthyroidism. It has been used to treat a number of heart diseases due to its antioxidant properties which subjugate dangerous free radicals.
It is used in treating male infertility and some have used it for ED (Erectile Dysfunction). L-Carnitine also helps to maintain proper carnitine levels in those afflicted with kidney disease.
Due to its effect on memory, L-Carnitine has been in regular use for treating Alzheimer’s disease and other mental health issues. Persons with chest pains, angina, diabetic neuropathy and more have seen marked improvement from taking L-Carnitine. According to RX List, it may also prevent harmful side effects caused by seizure medications.
We have already seen the multitude of reasons why L-Carnitine can help you, but the following is a short list of its many incredible benefits:
- Improved Memory
- Sharper Focus
- Better Fat Burning
- Increased Concentration
- Increased Muscle Mass
- Better Bone Mass
- Increased Sperm Count
- Improved Mood
No specific contraindications have been proven regarding L-Carnitine intake, however, all users are advised to consult with their physician prior to taking L-Carnitine, particularly if you suffer from hypertension and are already taking blood pressure medication.
As with all drugs, L-Carnitine has its share of potential side effects. They include the following:
- Stomach Upset
L-Carnitine is also notorious for causing breath, urine, and sweat to elicit a “fishy” scent.
Typical dosages range from 200-500 mg daily. First-timers are advised to strictly adhere to the recommended dosages and avoid taking anything in excess of 500 mg. It is important to note that those suffering from an L-carnitine deficiency are advised to take substantially more per day (990 mg two to three times daily).