Acetyl L-carnitine is an amino acid the body uses to turn fat into energy. It is also found naturally in animal products. As a dietary supplement, it is known for improving brain health, muscle movement and many other body processes.
In terms of bodybuilding and athletic performance, acetyl L-carnitine helps people perform longer at higher intensities with less recovery time. It plays a crucial role in energy production in the body. When the muscles have ample supply, they can easily burn fat or protein for energy, not just glucose. This delays muscle fatigue, decreases the accumulation of lactic acid (a by-product of glucose metabolism) and spares glycogen, the storage form of glucose.
Acetyl L-carnitine also increases production of testosterone, which can boost muscle and bone mass, sex drive and mood in both men and women. Even in very old people, it has been shown to increase muscle mass and improve exercise performance.
A noted acetyl L-carnitine benefit is the preservation of mitochondria an organelle containing enzymes which are responsible for producing energy. It also helps reduce the pain associated with neuropathic pain syndrome, a dysfunction of the central nervous system, as well as Alzheimer’s disease. It is more likely to help those with early onset Alzheimer’s disease who are less than 66 years of age and have a faster rate of disease progression and mental decline.
Other mental disorders it is known to treat include age-related memory loss, late life depression and thinking problems related to alcoholism and Lyme disease. Some studies also suggest that Acetyl L-Carnitine helps protect the heart against coronary artery disease.
Still more disorders acetyl L-carnitine is known to treat include Down syndrome, poor circulation in the brain, cataracts, nerve pain due to diabetes, nerve pain due to drugs used in the treatment of AIDS and facial paralysis.
It also improves blood flow to the brain. Administering a single dose of acetyl L-carnitine intravenously (by IV) seems to produce short-term improvements in blood flow in the brains of people who have poor blood circulation in the brain.
Some men use acetyl L-carnitine for infertility, symptoms of “male menopause” (low testosterone levels due to ageing) and a disease of the male organ known as Peyronie’s disease. Taking acetyl L-carnitine by mouth, along with L-carnitine for 6 months seems to increase sperm count and sperm movement.
Its best known sources are meat and dairy products, but to obtain therapeutic dosages, supplementation is necessary. As far as dosage is concerned, one should normally take one or two capsules daily with a meal. It is best absorbed with meals taken with good fats or with oils such as cod liver or flaxseed.
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