17 Jun Ingredient of the Week: L-Carnitine
What is L-Carnitine?
L-Carnitine is considered a “vitamin-like” and “amino acid-like” compound that is related to B-vitamins. It is formed in the liver and kidneys from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Then, it is stored primarily in muscle and the brain. The best source of carnitine is red meat, but avocado and soybeans also have high carnitine content. It’s most important role in the body is the transportation of fat into the mitochondria of cells. That is where the fatty acids are oxidized, used as fuel to produce ATP, which the body can then use as energy.
The most well-known benefits of L-Carnitine are reducing fat accumulation as well as increasing the amount of fat used as energy, leading to overall body fat loss. But, L-Carnitine has also been shown to enhance athletic performance as well. Studies have found it to reduce lactic acid levels and increase creatine phosphate levels during exercise, leading to increased fatigue resistance. Additionally, L-Carnitine is known to increase blood flow to the muscles, meaning more nutrients and hormones are better utilized. As if that weren’t enough, it also works as an antioxidant, enhances Nitric Oxide production, and instigates muscle growth by facilitating the action of insulin-like growth factor-l.
Possible Side Effects:
L-Carnitine has few negative side effects when taken at proper doses. High doses can cause nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.
L-Carnitine has been shown to be effective is doses from 1-3 grams. Our fat burner, Ignite includes 1 gram in it.
When to Take:
Carnitine can be taken any time throughout the day and be effective, including between meals and post-workout. When taking Ignite, it is best to take it all before breakfast or to take half a serving before breakfast and the other half before lunch.