In this article you will learn interesting facts about L-Carnitine

What is L-carnitine?

L-carnitine is a vitamin-like and essential nutrient for humans. 

L-carnitine is a protein compound that is synthesized from the two amino acids methionine and lysine. L-carnitine is responsible for many biochemical processes in the organism. For example, it plays an important role in metabolism and fat burning by acting as a transport vehicle for fatty acids. The fatty acids are bound to L-carnitine and thus transported into the mitochondria, where they are then used in the form of ATP to provide energy.

Forms of L-Carnitine

Many people are only familiar with pure L-carnitine. This is mainly found in meat and dairy products.

But there are also other forms. These include:

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Through the acetyl L-carnitine the brain increases its effectiveness. It also offers other useful functions in the neurological area.

It also has a slightly stimulating effect and helps against fatigue, dementia and depression. It is currently being further investigated in clinical studies.

Propionyl L-Carnitine

This form of L-Carnitine improves the blood flow in the body.

L-Carnitine tartrate

Promotes physical performance during training.

Why do you need L-Carnitine during training?

The nutrient is significantly involved in the energy supply of fat. Due to this process it is mainly used in a diet that aims to reduce fat. It also has a positive influence in cases of stress (physical stress, e.g. caused by training, and mental stress) and strengthens the immune system. Another positive property of L-Carnitine is the promotion of the ability to concentrate. But L-carnitine is also known for other properties, such as the support of the heart.

When is it taken?

L-Carnitine is taken before training or in the morning on an empty stomach. A dose of 1-3 g is taken daily.

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