Carnitine

What is carnitine?
Carnitine is a compound biosynthesized from the amino acids lysine and
methionine. It is needed for the transport of fatty acids into the
mitochondria in order to generate and produce energy. It also acts like an
antioxidant and helps protect the body against free radicals.

Where is carnitine  found?
The highest concentrations of carnitine are found in red meat and dairy
products. It is also found in nuts, seeds, legumes, some fruits and
vegetables, cereals, brewer’s yeast, and carob.

What are the benefits of carnitine?
Carnitine is effective in improving the red blood cell count and hemoglobin
during hemodialysis in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). It is also been
used to improve symptoms associated with angina, CHF (congestive heart
failure), MIs (myocardial infarctions), infertility in men, and low birth
weight infants. Carnitine is also used to decrease fatigue and to treat
symptoms of hyperthyroidism. It is often taken to improve athletic
performance and is used as a weight loss supplement; however, there is
no consistent evidence to show that it works. Some studies show carnitine
reduces fat mass and increases muscle mass, which may contribute to
weight loss in some people.

Are there interactions between carnitine and  food, herbs or other supplements?
None known

Are there interactions between carnitine and  other medications?
Carnitine changes the effectiveness of Sintrom (acenocoumarol), thyroid
hormone and warfarin. Be cautious and talk to a doctor before starting carnitine
while on one of these medications.

To purchase carnitine: http://www.metagenics.com/mp/products/l-carnitine-with-chromium

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