L-carnitine is synthesized in the body from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Adding L-carnitine to your weight loss regimen can help you lose fat and gain muscle. Studies focusing on how carnitine works have been done all the way back to 1937! While there are many benefits to adding L-carnitine supplements to your diet, here are the top 5!
I can’t say I know too many people who aren’t looking for fat loss unless you are a body builder/competitor and are stage ready!!! If you are looking to get lean, then this is the amino acid you need. So here’s the biological techno bable….L-carnitine transfers long-chain fatty acids, such as triglycerides, into mitochondria, where they may be oxidized to produce energy. Carnitine has also been shown to reduce fatigue and serve as an appetite suppressant as well. What this boils down to in easy to understand English is L-carnitine is a major asset when dieting. It not only will help keep your body from storing fat, but it will increase your aerobic capacity (think cardio) to help you burn more calories. Win-win!!!
L-carnitine is also a great supplement to help add muscle tissue. It is well known that more muscle tissue helps raise your metabolism…that means more calorie burn and therefore, more fat loss.
Carnitine is primarily used for heart-related conditions. Several clinical trials show that L-carnitine can be used along with conventional treatment for angina to reduce the needs for medicine and improve the ability of those with angina to exercise without chest pain or discomfort. Some studies have determined that taking l-carnitine after a heart attack decreases the chances of suffering another one later. Carnitine has actually been given to help treat people with heart disease.
L-carnitine can also serve as an antioxidant. This helps prevent damage done to your healthy cells by free radicals. Think of it helping when you have that cold or seasonal allergies!
Who doesn’t want their brain to function at full capacity??? L-carnitine helps protect the brain from both age related and stress related damage to the brain which helps it function longer and better. Sign me up!!
HOW MUCH DO I NEED?
In general, taking a range of two to four grams of l-carnitine a day is good for general health and to help you reach your fitness goals. Weight Loss Development offers L-carnitine in capsule form to help supplement your diet and reach those goals. If you would rather try to take it through your food though, there are many sources that contain carnitine. Red meats and dairy products are your best choices for carnitine, but other great foods include:
- nuts, seeds,
- apricots, bananas, bee pollen,
- whole wheat, corn, brewer's yeast, buckwheat, rice bran, oatmeal, rye; and
- artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, garlic, mustard greens, okra, parsley, kale.