What is Carnitine?
Carnitine, also known as Aminocarnatine or vitamin B(t), is a compound made from lysine and methionine. In the body, it is synthesised in the liver, kidneys and brain, and then transported to skeletal muscle for use.
What does Carnitine do in the body?
Carnitine transfers long chain fatty acids into the cells for processing. It is turned into acetyl CoA which in then used in energy production. For this reason it is used by athletes and people wishing to increase energy production.
Why do I need Carnitine?
Some people are born with an inability to produce carnitine and need to take a supplement. Our modern life styles are demanding of energy. Sometimes our bodies could do with a little help to achieve the necessary energy we are demanding of it.
How do I take Carnitine?
Carnitine is available on its own or in a sports formulation. If you want to use carnitine as a therapeutic agent, it is best to take it on an empty stomach with a carbohydrate snack, such as a piece of fruit. Proteins which are broken down into amino acids compete for absorption with each other, so taking it away from protein allows your body to utilise more carnitine.
Dosage range from 500mg-1500mg