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Acetyl-L-Carnitine (also known as ALCAR) is found naturally in the body. It is used to help break down fat and transform fat sources into energy. The liver and kidneys produce this amino acid, and it is then stored in the muscles before it transported to other parts of the body. Taking an Acetyl L-Carnitine supplement can be a very beneficial addition to any exercise or weight-loss plan.
What are the benefits of Acetyl L-Carnitine?
- Helps to burn fat
- Increases energy levels
- Leads to an improved metabolism
- Boosts muscle work capacity
- Aids exercise recovery time
- Increases cognitive performance
- May help to slow down ageing
What is Acetyl L-Carnitine?
The amino acid, Acetyl L-Carnitine is made naturally in the body by the kidneys and liver. It plays a vital role in keeping the mitochondria in shape in order to control energy levels in the body.It is also found in red meats and certain plants; such as avocado and soy-beans.
What is Acetyl L-Carnitine used for?
The main function of Acetyl L-Carnitine is to burn fat and turn it into energy. Many athletes turn to this supplement in order to help them increase their exercise performance and recovery.
It also plays a role in improving brain and mental functions; it is the only l-carnitine that can cross over the bloodstream and enter the brain. Which could help delay the onset of age-related memory loss. It offers some heart benefits as well. Since Acetyl L-Carnitine is the biggest transporter of good fatty acids, it is pumped into the heart and used as fuel which may help people to avoid illnesses.
ALCA is also proven to be effective in improving memory problems for a variety of people including those who are advanced in age and those who are recovering alcoholics. Also proven to be effective for treating male infertility and testosterone issues.
Who should use Acetyl L-Carnitine?
Acetyl L-Carnitine supplements are used by a variety of people; ranging from athletes to those suffering from slight memory loss.
- Athletes looking to increase their athletic performance
- Men and women who have some form of mild memory loss
- For individuals looking to increase their energy levels
- People who are looking to drop those few extra pounds
- Vegans since their diet does not include red meats
How to take Acetyl L-Carnitine
The amount of Acetyl L-Carnitine depends on why you are taking this supplement, although the recommend dosage for everyone is 500 to 1,500mg per day. It is recommended that it be taken with food.
If the purpose of taking this supplement is to boost memory then taking about 1500mg will have the most effect. While those aiming to better their athletic performance should take this supplement after working out, to help their muscles recover.
If looking to lose weight then, 2-3 doses of 500mg a day.
As always it important to start off with a small dosage.
Do not take acetyl-l-carnitine with anticoagulants as there is a potential reaction that will increase the effect of the blood clotting properties of the medication. There is also a moderate interaction with medicines used to help slow down blood clotting. In both cases blood clotting may be slowed too much leading to internal bleeding or bruising.
It is considered likely safe for adults to use although it does carry some possible side effects that include restlessness, stomach upset, vomiting, and nausea. In addition oral use can cause a ‘fishy’ odour to appear in the sweat, breath, and urine of patients.
Acetyl L-Carnitine Ingredients
What studies have been conducted on Acetyl L-Carnitine?
There have a few studies that have looked into the health benefits of Acetyl L-Carnitine.
Acetyl L-Carnitine has been found to be a helpful treatment of coronary artery disease. It does this is several ways; it prevents the production of bad fatty acids, delivers extra oxygen to the arteries that are blocked, and help with blood circulation.
This supplement has been shown to improve endurance by discouraging lattice acid build up in the muscles. It has been linked to helping increase muscle mass and lower total body fat mass.
Acetyl L-Carnitine has been linked to slowing down the rate of mental deterioration. It is believed that mitochondria damage is linked to brain function. Which is where Acetyl L-Carnitine comes into play and helps out by helping the mitochondria function better.
Safety And Quality
- Manufactured to GMP protocols
- Uses pharmaceutical grade ingredients
- Manufactured in the UK
- EFSA compliance (European Food Safety Authority)
- Manufactured in an Informed Sport registered facility
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