Author: Team ND   Date Posted: 17 September 2014 

The days of taking some mass-marketed discount multivitamin are long gone! Fortunately, the nutritional sciences have blessed us with a wealth of supplements designed entirely around the seemingly endless needs of today's athlete.  L Carnitine is among one of the top examples!

For the uninitiated, here’s a quick rundown on what it is and what it does.


What is it?

Carnitine is a dipeptide (is made up of two amino acids; namely, lysine and methionine.) It is found mainly in red meats and dairy products putting vegetarians and vegans at risk of mild Carnitine deficiency. The most common forms in supplementation are Acetyl L Carnitine (an acetylated version of carnitine) and L Carnitine Tartrate (The addition of L Tartrate assists with faster absorption and also helps to enhance muscle recovery and reduce soreness after training.)


Why do you want it?

Fat loss and more energy are two of the main benefits, but taking Carnitine is known to potentially improve all of the following:

  • High-intensity work capacity
  • Alleviates the effects of aging and disease on cell mitochondria
  • Increase athletic performance
  • Speed your recovery from intense exercise
  • Make your brain work better
  • Prevent oxidative stress that leads to longer term health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic inflammation


Carnitine is a potent fat burner because it is responsible for the transport of fats into the cells to be used for energy in the body. By raising the level of muscle carnitine, you support the fat burning process, and because your body becomes more efficient at processing fuel, it will increase your energy levels. Elevating Carnitine will also improve physical performance by burning more fat, sparing glycogen, clearing muscle lactate, and increasing anabolic hormone response.


How much should I take and when?

  • Most studies suggest around 2g per day but there is also evidence to suggest that 1g will elicit the same benefits, therefore we suggest 1g.
  • Acetyl L Carnitine should be taken before meals or 20-30 minutes before a workout to assist with weight loss.


What else should I know?

  • For Carnitine to be effective, you need to ensure you have adequate levels of omega-3 fish oils in the body.
  • Raising your Carnitine levels will fight visceral fat gain (fat build up around your organs) because it increases fat burning, which has the effect of taking triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins out of the system so that they don’t build up causing high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.
  • L-Carnitine and the related compound Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) are compounds able to alleviate the effects of aging and disease on mitochondria, while increasing the mitochondria’s potential to burn fat.
  • It is often used as a brain booster, due to its ability to increase alertness and mitochondrial capacity while providing support for the neurons.
  • Has been shown to be very effective at alleviating the side effects of aging, like neurological decline and chronic fatigue. Carnitine supplementation is also a very safe method of improving insulin sensitivity and blood vessel health.
  •  Just because a product may be called pure it doesn't mean that it necessarily is. We highly recommend you read the ingredients and nutritional panel on the label to better understand exactly what you are purchasing. We can assure you that ours is 100% pharmaceutical grade Acetyl Carnitine.


Get your Acetyl L Carnitine today!