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Supplement information: ACETYL L - CARNITIN (ALCAR)
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General description Conditionally essential compound important in lipid oxidation.
Found - meat (beef, lamb)
- whole milk
Anti-aging role - improve overall cognitive function
- delay the progression of Alzheimer disease
- transport fats into the mitochondria
- restore the level of acetylcholinesterase
- improve the learning ability
- reduce lipid peroxidation and lipofuscin concentration in brain cells
- reduce necrotic damage and infarct site
- decrease the incidence of arrhytmias
- increase maximal aerobic power and reduce recovery time
- improve sperm motility
- lower fatigue
- boost immune system
Deficiency symptoms - Very rare, usually caused by genetic disorder.
- muscle weakness
- poor muscle tone
- bad coordination
- hypoglycemia
- weight loss / poor growth
- lethargy
- frequent cold
- flu symptoms
Therapeutic doses 500 - 2000 mg/day - use min 4 weeks
Maximum safe level 4000 mg /day
Side effects - skin rash
- increased appetite
- nausea, vomiting
- abdominal cramps
- dizziness
- headache
- agitation
- taking more than 4 g/day can cause "fishy" skin smell
Contraindications - liver or kidney disease
Interactions - vitamin C, B-6, niacin and iron are essential for endogen produce of L-carnitine
- valproats
High risk groups - frequent hemodialysis
- premature infants fed only with soy milk
- sports with frequent and long aerobic workout
Composition formulas - mostly by itself in capsules, powder or liquid
- for best results - liquid products
Other remarks - L - carnitine is made in the liver and kidneys from the amino acids methionine and lysine, it's most accumulated in muscles and other organs with high level of lipid oxidation
- L - carnitine does not promote weight loss and without aerobic workout it's not usable
- D - carnitine is toxic