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L-Carnitine Fat Blocker
* Prevents Fatty
Carnitine plays an important role in preventing
fatty buildup, especially in the heart,
liver, and skeletal muscles, and it helps keep blood levels
of cholesterol and triglycerides in check.
The heart depends on adequate concentrations of carnitine for normal heart function.
Carnitine supplements are used to help people with carnitine deficiencies. More specifically, some people cannot properly absorb this nutrient from foods or have dietary deficiencies and thus would benefit from taking a supplement. Carnitine deficiencies may be caused by genetic disorders, liver or kidney problems, and certain medications. In addition, inadequate intake of iron, vitamin B1, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B6, lysine, and methionine can result to a carnitine deficiency. Some symptoms of deficiency include: fatigue, chest pain, muscle weakness, and confusion.
In addition to the above aforementioned L-carnitine benefits, L-carnitine supplementation may benefit individuals with the following conditions:
Carnitine may be useful for angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It is also used for recovery from a heart attack.
In fact, in several large clinical trials conducted in Italy, this nutrient has shown to have boastful favorable effects in helping people recover more quickly from heart attacks. For example, according to the well-renowned tome The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines written by Michael Murray N.D. who states:
Subjects taking carnitine showed significant improvements in heart rate, blood pressure, angina attacks, rhythm disturbances, and clinical signs of impaired heart function compared to the subjects taking placebo.
Carnitine has been used experimentally for Alzheimers and age-related memory impairment. Acetyl-L-carnitine, or ALC--is currently being studied in supplement form as a possible treatment for memory loss associated with aging and Alzheimers disease. Some studies have shown L- acetylcarnitine may help delay the progression of Alzheimers disease. In addition, it may relieve senile depression and other forms of dementia, and improve memory in the elderly. However, results from other studies have been conflicting. As such, more research is needed to determine efficacy.
Carnitine may be helpful to those that suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. Studies have shown decreased carnitine levels in many chronic fatigue sufferers.
Carnitine (L-propionylcarnitine) has been used in connection with intermittent claudication, a peripheral vascular disease of the legs. At least one well-designed study suggests that carnitine supplements, particularly proprinylcarnitine may improve muscle function and exercise capacity in those with peripheral vascular disease (PVD). In other words, PVD sufferers may be able to walk farther and longer.
Carnitine has also been used for male infertility. Low sperm count and abnormal motility have been linked to low carnitine levels in men. Several studies have shown that L-carnitine helped increase sperm counts and motility.