L-carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid derivative, first isolated from red meat, and is naturally produced in the body.
- Skeletal muscles
- Heart muscle
- Plays a role in fatty acid transport
- Used by many athletes
L-Carnitine is bio-synthesized by the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine and is a popular supplement amongst athletes and body builders.
Carnitine is a quaternary ammonium compound biosynthesised from the amino acids lysine and methionine. It is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol (the fluid inside the cells) into the mitochondria, during the breakdown of lipids (fats) for the generation of metabolic energy (ATP).
How is L-Carnitine used in the body?
It is required by the body in order to make fatty acids available as an energy source for muscles, and is concentrated in the heart, skeletal muscle and the testes.
Carnitine's function of carrying long chain fatty acids (as free carnitine) into the mitochondria to be broken down into energy (ATP) is important. Once inside the mitochondrion, L-carnitine then acts as a scavenger, removing toxic metabolic by products (organic acids). Carnitine is not degraded in this process but is excreted at a rate of approximately 25% per day so that this proportion must be replaced on a daily basis.
500mg Acetyl L-Carnitine
veg. cellulose capsule shell
1-3 capsule with meals or as directed by your health care practitioner.