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What is Acetyl-L-Carnitine?
Acetyl L-carnitine is found in foods and also synthesized in the liver, brain and kidneys. It concentrates in tissues such as skeletal and heart muscle, and is important in energy production, while acetyl groups help form the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetyl L-carnitine, which can cross the blood-brain barrier, may benefit various conditions
Why might I want to take Acetyl-L-Carnitine?
- Alzheimer’s patients have shown improvements in reaction time, tasks, and short-term memory, although some studies have varied.
- Sperm motility and concentration have increased in infertile men
- It has been shown to treat mild depression in the elderly
- Increase in successful pregnancies when both male and female were taking acetyl-L-carnitine and/or L-carnitine
- Decrease in nerve pain with diabetic neuropathy
- Cardiovascular support
- Weight loss
- Sports performance
The body produces its own l-carnitine, so you may not need to use supplements. Carnitine has been shown to cause drug interactions with accutane, valproic acid, and the AIDS drug AZT. If you experience any side effects while on l-carnitine, immediately discontinue usage. As with any other treatments before supplementing your diet with l-carnitine you should seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.