L-Carnitine (the "L" refers to the naturally occuring form) is used by the body to transport long chain fatty acids to the mitochondria (energy producing component) in cells. The fat is then utilized as energy. This keeps fat from being stored in muscles and elsewhere in the body. Low levels of carnitine in the body exhibit as a weakness in muscles and energy, poor heart function, weight gain, and mental confusion.
Carnitine is required for the transportation of fatty acids into cells; it allows fatty acids to enter the cellular organelle called the mitochondria. Mitochondria are the energy factories of cells. Carnitine is made within the body, but can become conditionally essential at times of stress (the body fails to make enough carnitine to supply the body's needs. Liver and kidney disease might decrease the available carnitine, making supplementation helpful in animals with liver and kidney disease.
Carnitine has antioxidant effects, where it reduces lipid peroxidation (a toxic compound of metabolism). It also has antioxidant effects on myocardial (heart) cells and intestinal cells.
Studies show that oral carnitine reduces fat mass, increases muscle mass, and reduces fatigue. This research has led to its use as an adjunct to weight loss.
Carnitine has been proposed as a treatment for many conditions of the body whith chronic disease, because it acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants fight harmful chemicals in the body known as free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, including cellular DNA. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or help prevent some of the damage they cause.
One Capsule Contains:
L-Carnitine (as L-Carnitine L-Tartrate) 330 mg.
60 vegetarian capsules
Other Ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, Leucine, Silicon Dioxide.