L-carnitine is essential for the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria (energy powerhouse of the cell) where they can be used to make energy to be used by the cells. L-carnitine has been shown to help support healthy cardiovascular function,especially the efficiency of heart muscle function which uses fat as its majorsource of energy. L-carnitine helps provide energy for exercising muscle, supporting exercise and performance. Studies show L-carnitine helps support normal, healthy blood triglyceride levels.
L-carnitine is a non-essential amino acid that can be synthesized in the body from the amino acids methionine and lysine. Insufficient amounts may be produced in infants, in adolescents and in adults under certain physiological conditions. Vegetarians could also be at risk for carnitine deficiency, as carnitine is found in higher concentrations in animal foods such as beef, poulty and pork. The amino acids that are required for the body to make carnitine (methionine and lysine) are also low in a vegetarian diet. The highest concentrations of L-carnitine are typically found in skeletal and cardiac muscle tissue. This tissue is incapable of synthesizing L-carnitine, so they depend upon dietary and supplemental sources as well as the body’s own ability to manufacture it. Studies show that exercising (skeletal) muscle and
heart muscle require large amounts of L-carnitine. The main function of L-carnitine is to help create energy. Cardiac (heart) and skeletal muscle have a significant energy requirement, hence the importance of L-carnitine for these tissues.
Benefits and features
- Helps support healthy cardiovascular function
- Helps provide energy for exercising muscle
- Helps create energy
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