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L-carnitine is not an amino acid in the strict sense (it
is not used as a neurotransmitter or in protein synthesis), however it bears
many resemblances to amino acids and is usually grouped under this heading.
Carnitine (the "L" refers to its chemical polarity) is used by the
body to transport long chain fatty acids to the mitochondria in your cells,
where it is burned for energy. Since this fat burning is such a major source of
muscular energy, deficiencies in carnitine are manifested as low energy levels
and muscular weakness. They can also appear as mental confusion or cloudiness,
angina (heart pain) and weight gain.*
Sources of Carnitine
Carnitine can be manufactured in the body provided the requisite vitamins and
minerals are also present. These vitamins and minerals are B1, B6, C, and iron.
The amino acids lysine and methionine are also needed for carnitine synthesis.
Carnitine is also present in meats and other animal foods, so if you are a
vegetarian or vegan you may want to consider supplementing with carnitine. This
would be especially important if you are an athlete, since you are using lots of
carnitine during periods of exertion. *
We know already that carnitine deficiency, by denying the mitochondria the
needed fatty acids, decreases energy output, but let's look at the other side of
this energy equation. If you aren't burning fat, you must be storing it. This
obviously leads to a variety of health problems, namely fatty build-ups.
Carnitine supplementation can help prevent fatty build-ups in the heart and
liver (especially likely if you are a regular consumer of alcoholic beverages).*
Putting it all together, T. J. Clark Liquid l-Carnitine
Formula emerges as a great supplement: it increases energy, burns fat (making it
excellent addition to a weight loss program), and improves heart and liver
health all at the same time!*
If you have any
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PHONE 02 9913 9500
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Caution: If pregnant or lactating, consult your physician before
taking any supplement.
The information on this site is not meant to serve as a medical prescription for you. It is intended to be used only for informational purposes. This information is not a substitute for advice provided by your own health care provider. You should always consult with a medical professional before taking any new dietary supplement.