Life Choice – L-Carnitine
L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is primarily known for its ability to turn fat into energy. Long chain fatty acids are carried via L-Carnitine to cellular mitochondria, where they are burned to create energy. L-Carnitine has important applications in matters such as exercise, heart health, weight control, neurological health and infant nutrition.
We produce small amounts of L-Carnitine on our own each day. Greater amounts of L-Carnitine are present in the heart and skeletal muscle. The best place to find L-Carnitine, however, is in the liver and kidneys. In total, adults have about 20 grams of L-Carnitine stored. Consequently, these stores are depleted as L-Carnitine leaves the body through urination. To replenish the bodys supply of L-Carnitine, diet and supplementation are vital. A good diet is important for maintaining healthy L-Carnitine levels, and can add 100-300 mg of L-Carnitine each day. Vegetarians should be especially vigilant on L-Carnitine supplementation, as much of the bodys L-Carnitine supply comes from eating meat. Even high-performance athletes who eat meat also run the risk of low L-Carnitine levels. L-Carnitine is depleted during strenuous exercise, and the athletes tendency to load up with carbs and forget about meat can have similar results to vegetarianism. Researchers found that vegetarian triathletes L-Carnitine levels tend to run especially low. These triathletes supplemented with L-Carnitine for 6 weeks and saw incredible results: L-Carnitine levels increased 27mol/L to 100mol/L and free L-Carnitine went from 10mol/L to 85mol/L. Life Choice L-Carnitine is in a tartrate form for optimum results, and new research has shown this form to have even more benefits for athletes. The study, conducted by the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nottingham Medical School in England and published in the Journal of Physiology, found that L-Carnitine supplementation (in tartrate form) combined with carbohydrates increases muscular L-Carnitine content in recreational athletes. During low exertion exercise, this increase of muscular L-Carnitine led to glycogen sparing and increased fatty acid oxidation. During high exertion exercise, researchers noted a decrease in anaerobic energy production and a decrease in lactic acid buildup. Performance tests showed lowerperceived exertion, as well as increased work output. To reiterate, L-Carnitine tartrate supplementation is a good idea for vegetarians and athletes of all stripes, not just those following rigorous exercise routines. L-Carnitine also plays a factor in the aging process.
Elderly adults often consume less meat, and therefore, have a shorter supply of both L-Carnitine and the nutrients required to produce it. This equals low energy levels. L-Carnitine tartrate supplementation addresses this issue and can restore some energy. Another aging issue L-Carnitine can help with is changing brain chemistry. A reduction of neurons and blood supply to the brain, combined with an increase of free radicals and decrease of antioxidants, contribute to the decline of mental faculties. A study found that 4g L-Carnitine tartrate/day resulted in significant improvement of mental clarity, compared to the placebo group. Seniors can benefit greatly from L-Carnitine supplementation.In short, Life Choice L-Carnitine is the ideal supplement for both old and young!
All Life Choice Amino Acids are fermented and free form. Raw materials are only purchased in the US, Japan, the EU, or Argentina.